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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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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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Sparkling With Stars, Gaiety, Music! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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). 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: Stars are a million miles apart; they never touch. They live away from each other, cold and lonely - like we'll have to do.
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Connections

Referenced in Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean
(1843) (uncredited)
Written by David T. Shaw
Arranged by Thomas A. Beckett
Background music when the Statue of Liberty is shown
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Technicolor Ending worth sitting through the rest
2 September 2009 | by ftljeff40See all my reviews

Poor Joan, I can see why she worked so hard for the role of Crystal Allen in "The Women" her next picture after this dreg.

Bad script bad director just bad everything, the only part worth watching is the Technicolor ending which is quite interesting and it is Joan's first color picture. Joan's drunken scene is also good and Lew Ayres was such a cu-tie when he was young but the rest of it is pure yuck! and I thought Trog was bad. For true Joan fans only. I suggest renting it NOW ON DVD, the transfer is very good and the sound quality is good. This has to be the worst picture Joan was in and it didn't have to be, minor changes to the script would have helped this picture a lot. Minor reworking to the "Joan becomes a star overnight" storyline could have worked out in a believable fashion. The story seems thrown together and I don't think anyone at MGM actually watched it before it was released. This was no cheap budget either, the sets are impressive but everyone seems to know they are in a clunker.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ice Follies See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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