The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)

Passed  |   |  Musical, Drama  |  10 March 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Larry Hall
Eddie Burgess
Douglas Tolliver Jr.
The International Ice Follies ...
Ice Skating Troupe
Bess Ehrhardt ...
Kitty Sherman
Roy Shipstad ...
Roy Shipstad - Ice Follies Skater
Eddie Shipstad ...
Eddie Shipstad - Ice Follies Skater
Oscar Johnson ...
Oscar Johnson - Ice Follies Skater
Mort Hodges
Charles D. Brown ...


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 <>

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Sparkling With Stars, Gaiety, Music!


Musical | Drama


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Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ice Follies  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


| (Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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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(1938) (uncredited)
Written by Roger Edens and Franz Waxman
Played during the skating finale, when the blackbirds emerge from the pie
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Leo emits a giant yawn at this assembly-line junk
24 August 2002 | by See 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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