Review: ‘Thin Ice’

Sonja Henie is the skating and skiing instructress at an Alpine hotel, meeting place of a group of European diplomats concerned about the political status quo. Tyrone Power is a young prince, sent on by his prime minister to play dumb. While affairs of nations are being discussed he slips out with his skis, and his dark snow glasses. Sliding down a glacier at 40 miles an hour he meets Sonja traveling in the same direction. There's a lot of plot about mistaken identities, threatened international complications and old-fashioned romance [from the play Der Komet by Attila Orbok].

Sonja Henie is the skating and skiing instructress at an Alpine hotel, meeting place of a group of European diplomats concerned about the political status quo. Tyrone Power is a young prince, sent on by his prime minister to play dumb. While affairs of nations are being discussed he slips out with his skis, and his dark snow glasses. Sliding down a glacier at 40 miles an hour he meets Sonja traveling in the same direction. There’s a lot of plot about mistaken identities, threatened international complications and old-fashioned romance [from the play Der Komet by Attila Orbok].

Power does some duet skiing but stays off the ice. Just as well that he does. On ice Henie is a virtuoso. The only thing which can keep up with her is the music. Outdoor scenes were taken at Mt Ranier and are lovely landscapes.

Production wallop is the staging of three elaborate ice ballets [staged by Harry Losee], engaging a skating corps of 100 men and women. Troupe is beautifully costumed and photographed from angles which bring out grace, speed and skill.

Thin Ice

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Sidney Lanfield; Producer Raymond Griffith; Screenplay Boris Ingster, Milton Sperling; Camera Robert Planck, Edward Cronjager; Editor Robert Simpson; Music Louis Silvers (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1937. Running time: 78 MIN.

With

Sonja Henie Tyrone Power Arthur Treacher Raymond Walburn Joan Davis Sig Ruman

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