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The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

An ice skater jeopardizes her marriage when she becomes a movie star.

Director:

Reinhold Schünzel (as Reinhold Schunzel)

Writers:

Leonard Praskins (screen play), Florence Ryerson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Mary McKay
James Stewart ... Larry Hall
Lew Ayres ... Eddie Burgess
Lewis Stone ... Douglas Tolliver Jr.
The International Ice Follies The International Ice Follies ... Ice Skating Troupe
Bess Ehrhardt ... Kitty Sherman
Roy Shipstad Roy Shipstad ... Roy Shipstad - Ice Follies Skater
Eddie Shipstad Eddie Shipstad ... Eddie Shipstad - Ice Follies Skater
Oscar Johnson Oscar Johnson ... Oscar Johnson - Ice Follies Skater
Lionel Stander ... Mort Hodges
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Barney
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Storyline

Mary and Larry are are a modestly successful skating team. Shortly after their marriage, Mary gets a picture contract, while Larry is sitting at home, out of work. To prove that he can accomplish things on his own, he leaves Hollywood and convinces a former partner to put on an ice revue in Canada. The show is a huge success, but it makes it impossible for him to be with his wife, but the studio boss has a wonderful idea. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

Sparkling With Stars, Gaiety, Music! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Follies See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only film in which Joan Crawford was seen in 3-color Technicolor. A decade later Joan made a cameo in the Techicolor film It's a Great Feeling (1949), and it was another four years before she made her first all-color film, Torch Song (1953), in 1953. See more »

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Bess Ehrhardt is billed and introduced as 'Kitty Sherman', but an advertising placard in the movie uses her real name along with character names of some other actors. See more »

Quotes

Larry Hall: Well, what do you think of it, honey?
Mary McKay: It's lovely. It's beautiful. But it could have been even better with...
Larry Hall: With your close-up.
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Referenced in Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

There is a Tavern in the Town
(1891) (uncredited)
Written by F.J. Adams
Played during the Shipstad and Johnson act
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Leo emits a giant yawn at this assembly-line junk
24 August 2002 | by borschSee all my reviews

This patched-together pseudo-musical-on-ice isn't even fun as camp; it's just a deadly dull example of MGM assembly-line junk. As always, the production values are excellent: this film is just as well-mounted as any Metro "A" product, with the added bonuses of a lavish Technicolor sequence and pleasing ice performances by the Shipstad-Johnson Ice Follies. But, it's heavy going as the miscast stars are shoved about in a silly plot in an underwritten script, and no amount of MGM gloss can compensate for the audacity of casting three non-skating actors as skating stars! Especially jarring is the sight of Joan Crawford in a jet-black Hedy Lamarr "do"; this is one instance where Joan's Madonna-like talent for following trends misfired.(She very nearly achieves a Carolyn Jones-as-Morticia look!) JC fans do get a consolation prize in the color sequence, in which Joan's natural coloring is seen to lovely advantage. Viewer Alert: watch Sonja Henie on Fox instead!!


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