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It's a Pleasure (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Musical | 3 March 1945 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Lynn Starling (screenplay), Elliot Paul (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sonja Henie ... Chris Linden
Michael O'Shea ... Don Martin
Marie McDonald ... Gale Fletcher
Bill Johnson ... Buzz 'Buzzard' Fletcher
Gus Schilling ... Bill Evans
Iris Adrian ... Wilma
Cheryl Walker ... Loni
Peggy O'Neill Peggy O'Neill ... Cricket
Arthur Loft ... Jack Weimar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Hoofer (scenes deleted)
Nelson Leigh ... Waiter (scenes deleted)
Alphonse Martell Alphonse Martell ... Maitre d' (scenes deleted)
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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 Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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MARIE "The Body" MCDONALD as the temptress See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rausch der Farben See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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David Janssen's film debut. See more »

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Featured in Tank Girl (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiener Blut, Op. 354 (Vienna Blood)
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Played when Don and Chris are eating hot dogs
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A pleasure when on the ice, not a pleasure when off it
30 November 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Even in her lesser films, Sonja Henie was always watchable and there was a good deal to like about even her weaker outings. The bright spots were often her, the ice skating sequences and the music, while the weak link was often typically the story.

The story was one of the weak links in 'It's a Pleasure', it is very flimsy and becomes tedious when Henie is not on the ice. Worse, and the actual worst thing about 'It's a Pleasure', is the script, which is little more than a limp mess of clichés and dialogue that will make anybody groan with embarrassment. The direction is very stodgy when focused on the story and not when Henie is on the ice.

Henie dazzles in the ice skating sequences, which are incredible and the highlight of the film, but when off the ice she does display limitations as an actress here with material that is noticeably not as lightweight as her previous films. Michael O'Shea has a very annoying and selfish character who never properly grows or changes, and he fails to bring any charisma or likability to him, dully lacklustre doesn't cut it. The chemistry between him and Henie is barely there, and it's for that reason as well as the character himself as to why Henie's character's decision making towards him was hard to swallow.

On the other hand, 'It's a Pleasure' is beautifully filmed in rich Technicolor and sumptuously designed costumes and sets wise. The music is outstanding with a healthy dose of Johann Strauss, Henie's ice skating routines are dazzlingly choreographed and superlatively danced and it was interesting seeing a taster of what playing hockey back then was like.

Marie McDonald is also a lively presence and gives by far the best performance on the acting front.

All in all, a mixed bag, a pleasure on the ice, not a pleasure off it. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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