Review: ‘One in a Million’

A very entertaining, adroitly mixed concoction of romance, music, comedy and skating introduces to film audiences Olympic figure-skating champion Sonja Henie. Walking off with the laurels during 1936 at the games in Germany, the little Scandinavian wizard of the ice was placed under contract by 20th-Fox. A sweet demeanor, engaging personality, an intriguing Scandinavian accent and an abundance of poise are among her assets.

A very entertaining, adroitly mixed concoction of romance, music, comedy and skating introduces to film audiences Olympic figure-skating champion Sonja Henie. Walking off with the laurels during 1936 at the games in Germany, the little Scandinavian wizard of the ice was placed under contract by 20th-Fox. A sweet demeanor, engaging personality, an intriguing Scandinavian accent and an abundance of poise are among her assets.

In One in a Million Henie wears the skates a good part of the time, giving various exhibitions that are Pavlovaesque on frozen water.

Jack Haskell staged the numbers on ice. Some are very simple with Henie alone on the ice, while others are not too elaborate, with male and female chorus, also on skates, for production atmosphere. The big number is at Madison Square Garden, which ends the picture cold on Henie’s final routine without letting her fall into Don Ameche’s arms as a topper.

Adolphe Menjou is the head of a theatrical troupe, a sort of Ziegfeld. Seeing Henie do her stuff, he immediately gets busy to exploit her. Menjou has many good opportunities, and opposite him Arline Judge makes a good heckler as the wife. Ameche figures as the newspaperman, opposite Henie, who protects her against Menjou.

One in a Million

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Sidney Lanfield; Producer Raymond Griffith; Screenplay Leonard Praskins, Mark Kelly; Camera Edward Cronjager; Editor Robert Simpson; Music Louis Silvers (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1936. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Sonja Henie Adolphe Menjou Jean Hersholt Ned Sparks Don Ameche Ritz Bros.
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