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Don Martin is a star hockey player with the Wildcats until he is barred from Hockey for hitting a referee. Through the actions of Chris, Don is able to get a job with Buzz Fletcher's ice-show as the novelty act. Chris trains with Don and he is a success, and they marry. But Gale is also interested in Don and when Don has a chance to leave and join Jack's premiere show, Gale takes him drinking. As an alcoholic, he is in no shape to skate for Jack; so Buzz has Chris do a routine. Her act is great and Jack wants her, without Don, for his ice skating show. Don leaves her to allow her to go on to stardom.Written by
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Don (Michael O'Shea--Virginia Mayo's husband in real life) stars as an obnoxious hockey player who gets himself banned from the sport due to fighting and slugging a ref. He also is a heavy drinker and quite cocky--even following the ban. However, he lands on his feet after this and gets a job with a traveling ice show. Inexplicably, despite having NOTHING any sane woman would want, the star of the show (Sonja Henie) is in love with him and eventually they marry. For a while, he stays off the booze and makes something of himself. However, for some reason, a woman with the show (Marie McDonald) is determined to wreck the marriage and get him back on the bottle. What is poor Sonja to do?
For me, this film was pleasant enough BUT suffered from one serious problem--Don was just too unlikable and selfish. After a while, his wife's insistence on sticking with him felt less noble and more like an episode of "Maury" or "The Jerry Springer Show"! Had they softened Don's jerky personality and behavior a bit more, then it might have worked a lot better. For example, if he was just a drunk but a nice guy underneath it all, you might have understood his wife's defending him....a bit. As it was, it was just too difficult to care about him. Because of this the film loses a few points. Additionally, while Henie's ice skating was very popular in films of the day, today watching her in one musical skating number after another got to be pretty dull. The only thing I particularly liked about the film was watching the hockey game early in the film. Seeing hockey the way they played it in the 1940s was pretty interesting--especially with goalies who wore no face protection!! Not a terrible film but one that is, at best, a time-passer.
By the way, when the stars agree to marry, listen to the weird dialog that makes wife beating sound as healthy and natural as can be! Yikes!
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