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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Eddie Burgess
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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
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Mort Hodges
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!

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Musical | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

10 March 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ice Follies  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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| (Technicolor) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thanks to a brief color segment, first time audiences had seen Joan Crawford in anything but black and white. 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 Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Comin' Thro' the Rye
(uncredited)
Traditional Scottish music
Words by Robert Burns (1782)
Played during an ice follies routine
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Technicolor Ending worth sitting through the rest
2 September 2009 | by (United States) – See 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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