Review: ‘Ice Follies of 1939’

Metro sucessfully accomplishes the difficult task of welding two rather extended appearances of the International Ice Follies troupe into this production - withal keeping both story and ice show in separate grooves.

Metro sucessfully accomplishes the difficult task of welding two rather extended appearances of the International Ice Follies troupe into this production – withal keeping both story and ice show in separate grooves.

Joan Crawford has a clear-cut role. She takes full advantage of opportunities to be sincere and glamorous. But, as the title suggests, it’s the ice show and spectacle that count, chockful of specialities and decidedly eye-appealing.

Story is only a framework. Rather light, it would have had trouble unfolding on its own for seven reels. Crawford marries James Stewart, and when he finds tough sledding in securing skating engagements, former conveniently nabs a film stock contract. Crawford gains to stardom in her first picture and Stewart goes east to generate interest and backing in his Ice Follies idea.

Three songs recorded by Miss Crawford for the picture hit the cutting room floor – with exception of a very short chorus retained in the Cinderella spectacle.

Ice Follies of 1939

Production

M-G-M. Director Reinhold Schunzel; Producer Harry Rapf; Screenplay Leonard Praskins, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf; Camera Joseph Ruttenberg, Oliver Marsh; Editor W. Donn Hayes; Music Roger Edens

Crew

(Color) Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 81 MIN.

With

Joan Crawford James Stewart Lew Ayres Lewis Stone Bess Ehrhardt Lionel Stander
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