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The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

Passed | | Drama, Music, Romance | 10 March 1939 (USA)
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:

Bigger Than the Biggest Ziegfeld show-ON ICE! (Print ad- Binghamton Press, ((Binghamton, NY)) 25 March 1939) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Did You Know?

Trivia

None of the three main stars could skate; the screenplay was written with this in mind. See more »

Goofs

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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Connections

Referenced in NYPD Blue: Ice Follies (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Loveland in the Wintertime
(1938) (uncredited)
Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
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I liked much of this obscure movie, The Ice Follies of 1939
20 May 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After years of reading of this on a bio book on Jimmy Stewart, I finally got to see this one. He plays an ice skating producer who gets fired from his latest show along with his star, Joan Crawford, and his partner, Lew Ayres. They're bumped by a big-time movie producer, Lewis Stone, from whom Ms. Crawford manages to get a contract with. I'll stop there and just say this was quite entertaining though things threaten to become a downer when the marriage of Stewart and Crawford strains. There's some funny scenes like that of Stewart, Ayres, and Crawford reading her script or when a couple of them encounters Lionel Stander-who I know best from "Hart to Hart" as their butler, Max-as a promoter who's broke. Oh, and whenever I hear Jimmy say Crawford's character name-Mary-I always go back to his role in my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, whenever he addressed Donna Reed's character by that name. And the Technicolor sequence at the end must have been a sight for sore eyes back then! So on that note, I recommend The Ice Follies of 1939. P.S. I just found out that Mr. Stewart was born on this day in 1908, so Happy Birthday up there in Heaven!


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