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It's a Pleasure (1945)

Iris Adrian , Sonja Henie , William Seiter  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Iris Adrian, Sonja Henie, Marie McDonald, Michael O'Shea, Peggy O'Neill
  • Directors: William Seiter
  • Format: Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A star hockey player is banned from the game after hitting a referee and his ice skater girlfriend gets him a job in an ice show.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonia Henie noir...? May 3, 2009
"It's A Pleasure"
(RKO, 1945)
This is an unusually robust, earthy film for Norwegian skating sensation Sonia Henie... Her other films tended to be pretty goodie-two-shoesy, but this late WWII flick has a pretty salty script, apparently influenced by the hard-bitten film noir genre of the time. Here, Henie is a hardworking professional figure skater who falls for a hard-drinking, roughneck hockey player whose bad temper and alcoholism gets him banned from the sport (played by Michael O'Shea). He in turn is pursued by the trampy, sexually aggressive wife of one of his best friends, who plies him with booze and (apparently) leads him astray. The dialogue is full of both implied and surprisingly direct rawness -- hardly the family-friendly fare of Henie's earlier films. All in all, pretty entertaining! You might be surprised at how racy the plot is... the skating's pretty fine, too! (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sonja`s only Hollywood-film in color July 13, 2004
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This is a novelty: A musical film from 1945 that contains alcoholism, poverty and adultery. Of course it`s Sonja`s show and she carries it of beautifully, though her dramatic depth as an actress might be questioned hehehe. The photography by the great Ray Rennahan is spectacular, as are the scenic design and costumes. Marie "The Body"(as she was called) McDonald is a breathtaking witch. McDonald suffered from too many ex-husbands and eventually committed suicide by the early 60s... Sonja`s solos are the best she did on celluloid(with Iceland 1942) and her dance-scene without skates proved that she was an excellent dancer. What a pity she never was teamed with Fred Astaire; it could have been an interesting musical....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Rsoonsa
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Lent ongoing allure by the extraordinary early Technicolor process, this ice-skating romance also benefits from contributions by several Oscar-winning technicians, all in top form here, including cinematographer Ray Rennahan (Gone With the Wind), interior designer Wiard Ihnen, and set decorator Julia Heron. Additionally, those responsible for the superlative costumes and hair styling should be recognized, with all of these crew strengths nearly making the plot irrelevant, as a viewer is dazzled in one way or another and, of course, often by the skating of Sonja Henie. For precision skating, Henie has never been topped, and here her known acting shortcomings seem less obtrusive than is usual, as she is supported by a solid cast, including Michael O'Shea, Gus Schilling, Iris Adrian, and a startlingly beautiful Marie McDonald, whose agenda to steal O'Shea from Henie comprises the core of a somewhat melodramatic and simplistic screen play. The script turns upon Henie's love for O'Shea, who plays a professional hockey player is permanently banned for punching an official, and whose fondness for alcohol leads to a variety of thorny situations which turn his life upside down, and which link him with the difficult to ignore McDonald. All involved in this effort are served well by journeyman director William A. Seiter, who takes charge of the action whenever the scenario flags, although the editing and blocking are at times obtrusive. It all comes down in the end to Henie on ice, and there the pirouetting dervish provides as usual, with her at times off-putting Norwegian inflections not an issue, skating as well as ever and benefiting, as throughout the film, including one non-gelid partnered dance scene, from a lovely score composed by Walter Donaldson and Edgar Leslie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sonja saves the day in this minor musical June 1, 2009
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A very minor movie to be sure, but noteworthy for Sonja Henie fans, because it's the only film she did in Technicolor. It was also sadly one of her last movies. In IT'S A PLEASURE, Henie co-stars with affable Michael O'Shea and the scene-stealing Iris Adrian.

Sonja Henie stars as Chris Linden, a talented skater who falls in love with Don Martin (Michael O'Shea), a drunken hockey player who gets disqualified from the sport after he beats up the referee. It's a standard "Star is Born" story but given lots of life thanks to Henie and O'Shea's winning chemistry. Musical theatre singer Bill Johnson (as the ice-troupe manager) and Marie McDonald (his coldly-manipulative wife) are also impressive.

Sonja Henie, always so youthful and innocent in her early vehicles like "Second Fiddle" and "Sun Valley Serenade" is allowed to show a more mature, dramatic side to her personality in this movie. Three years later she'd appear in her final movie ("The Countess of Monte Cristo") before going into semi-retirement.

One for the Sonja fans.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sonja in Technicolor! April 8, 2009
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This is the first Sonja Henie picture released on DVD (and her only one in Technicolor). It is not from her best period but the beautiful Technicolor and her skating and dancing scenes more than make up for it. Iris Adrian adds to the fun.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie July 30, 2009
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Lovely old movie in color, the skating on the black mirror rink is surperb, even by today's standards of filming. I thoroughly enjoying watching Sonja Henie's skating, she was a champion for her time. Thanks for putting it on DVD for us more mature people to enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonia Henie`s It`s a Pleasure May 28, 2009
Superb entertainment! Ice skating rarely seen in today`s world. My 3 generation family watched the movie together and all were fascinated.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOP NOTCH FILM
This is perhaps Sonja Henie's best film. not as much "fluff" that her other films has, covers many topics you don't think of with her films. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Stephen E. Lightell
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
just re discovered Sonja Henie movies which I liked better now.Ifirst saw her movies in the late 1930 and early 1940
Published 6 months ago by anton h fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found this...
I bought this for my dad for Father's day and he opened it early of course. He just loved watching it and doesn't care if it's long as he can get the old ones! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Deborah Kluetz
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonia Henie was amazing
Miss. Henie was the most amazing figure skater of its time. Years passed by and I found her without doubt unquestionable champion of figure skater of all times.
Published 15 months ago by Ali A Moinian
3.0 out of 5 stars WISH THERE WERE MORE
THIS MOVIE WAS GOOD, BUT NOT ONE OF HER BEST. Sonja is wonderful on skates and I sure wish they would put more of her movies on DVD. I'd buy them all.
Published 20 months ago by Gail Janusz
5.0 out of 5 stars So excited!
I got this for my grandma for Christmas. It was in excellent shape and arrived very quickly! Very happy with this!
Published 20 months ago by BethanyA
4.0 out of 5 stars dorie
Although most of her movies feature her in the same routine in her skating which are very similiar ,I still love watching her movies. She is a little pocket rocket. Read more
Published on November 13, 2011 by Doris M. Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars In color but not good.
I've seen most of Sonja Henie's movies and often they have very clever plots and are well done. So why, out of all of her movies, this one is on DVD is beyond me. Read more
Published on September 30, 2011 by CelticWomanFanPiano
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgetable Henie
I have been waiting for Sun Valley movie of Sonja Henie and thought I would try another. I have enjoyed "It's a pleasure", over and over. I highly recommend it to Henie fans. Read more
Published on March 15, 2011 by Mary E. Cecilio
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Movie
Sonia Henie the way people remember her. The ice skating is great and the acting is classic. They do not make movies like this anymore. Read more
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