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Breaking the Ice (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 22 September 1938 (USA)
Tommy Martin lives with mother Martha in a conservative religious community but dreams of a singing career. He leaves to join a traveling show where he befriends skating sensation Irene and performs lively tunes to make a living.

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), Manuel Seff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bobby Breen ... Tommy Martin
Charles Ruggles ... Samuel Terwilliger
Dolores Costello ... Martha Martin
Irene Dare ... Irene Dare
Robert Barrat ... William Decker
Dorothy Peterson ... Annie Decker
John 'Dusty' King ... Henry Johnson (as John King)
Billy Gilbert ... Mr. Small
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Small
Charles Murray ... Janitor
Jonathan Hale ... Kane
Delmar Watson ... Reuben Johnson
Spencer Charters ... Farmer Smith
Cy Kendall ... Judd
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Tommy Martin lives with mother Martha in a conservative religious community but dreams of a singing career. He leaves to join a traveling show where he befriends skating sensation Irene and performs lively tunes to make a living.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pevec potepuh See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Monday 25 August 1947 on WNBT (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Sunday 7 March 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Soundtracks

Put Your Heart in a Song
by Frank Churchill and Paul Francis Webster (as Paul F. Webster)
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Taking an adult view
2 September 2004 | by carson1812See all my reviews

So Rick Prelinger's been down the chimney again with that big sack of his - and the third of the Bobby Breen movies. Quite apart from the fairly revolutionary - for its time - Amish background,familiar faces such as Charlie Ruggles or Dolores Costello can only be plusses in what is a fairly typical typical Breen opus. Where it verges off to the left, in a major way, is the addition of child skating prodigy Irene Dare. If you were tight lipped over the lubricous exploitation of the infant Shirley Temple, well, you ain't seen nothing. I first watched the movie two years ago and spent the intervening period wondering how it ever snuk past the Mothers Of America - seeing it again has me wondering anew. Some nice little songs, Bobby's always professional and cheery disposition when under fire - keep them coming Rick and more power to your projector.


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