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Thin Ice (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 September 1937 (USA)
A Swiss hotel's ski instructor falls in love with a man who goes skiing every morning.

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writers:

Boris Ingster (screenplay), Milton Sperling (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sonja Henie ... Lili Heiser
Tyrone Power ... Prince Rudolph
Arthur Treacher ... Nottingham
Raymond Walburn ... Uncle Dornik
Joan Davis ... Orchestra Leader
Sig Ruman ... Prime Minister Ulricht (as Sig Rumann)
Alan Hale ... Baron
Leah Ray ... Singer
Melville Cooper ... Krantz
Maurice Cass Maurice Cass ... Count
George Givot ... Alex
Greta Meyer ... Martha
Egon Brecher Egon Brecher ... Janitor
Torben Meyer ... Chauffeur
George Davis George Davis ... Waiter
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Lili is a skating instructor at a grand hotel in the Alps. An international conference is booked at the hotel. The conference is led by Prince Rudolph, whose plan is really to keep a pair of feuding countries at odds with each other. Feining illness, the Prince moves into a small inn so he can enjoy some skiing in private -- and delay the conference. One morning he meets Lili on the slopes and they hit it off; but she has no idea her "Rudy" is the Prince. That evening Lili is seen leaving the Prince's car, having been given a ride home by her beau, a cousin of the Prince's chauffeur. Tongues wag and Lili is thought to be romantically involved with the Prince. This gets her lots of attention and a starring role in her own ice skating revue. But when she finds out people think she is involved with the Prince she is horrified, while Rudy is amused and plays along. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Prince X See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in Budapest in 1922. An English translation of the play by Fanny Hatton and Frederic Hatton opened in New York on 23 October 1930 with the title "His Majesty's Car." It starred Miriam Hopkins and ran for 12 performances. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Steps Out (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Olga From the Volga
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Revel
Played by the girls band
Sung and danced to by Joan Davis
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The skating queen meets The Prince...
29 November 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

SONJA HENIE was always lucky that Zanuck (at Fox) had the good sense to surround her with capable talent so that the film wouldn't depend on her ability to skate, smile dazzlingly (like a dimpled darling), and say as little as possible so her Norwegian accent wouldn't be too hard for Americans to take.

Here, he surrounds her with JOAN DAVIS, MELVILLE COOPER, ARTHUR TREACHER, ALAN HALE and SIG RUMAN who keep the tale spinning even though it's the usual boy-meets-girl one that's full of the usual misunderstandings.

And for added insurance, Zanuck gave in to Sonja's demands that TYRONE POWER be her male co-star. She and Power were quite an item at the time, although it was rumored that Power was just using her to get one step up on the ladder of success. She was reportedly devastated when he went off in another direction and married Annabella.

Sonja does some pleasing routines on ice and Joan Davis is a daffy orchestra leader who occasionally sings a wacky song number--so, it's all pretty much the kind of thing audiences wanted from a Sonja Henie movie. But the best was still to come: SUN VALLEY SERENADE in 1941.


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