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It's a Pleasure (1945)

Iris Adrian , Sonja Henie , William Seiter  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 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: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PPLINM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #236,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Ice skating star Sonja Henie is the wife of a rough hockey player whose fighting ways get him suspended from the sport. While her popularity soars on the ice show circuit, his drinking hurts his chances at making it as a figure skater, causing friction within the marriage. Michael O'Shea and Bill Johnson co-star in this drama. 90 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish.

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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
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"It's A Pleasure"
(RKO, 1945)
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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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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
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonja Henie!!!!!!!!!! May 3, 2009
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this is the first film with sonja henie iv'e seen them put on dvd, does anyone know if they are gonna do any more???
all her films are great and i hope to see the rest of them on dvd
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie March 9, 2014
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just re discovered Sonja Henie movies which I liked better now.Ifirst saw her movies in the late 1930 and early 1940
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 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 15 months ago by Gail Janusz
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
Published on December 29, 2010 by A Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Sonia Henie -It's a Pleasure!-
I was pleased to find this old movie for my 85 yr. old mother. She was a big fan of Sonia Henie. We were alittle disappointed that it didn't show more of her skating abilities in... Read more
Published on January 28, 2010 by N. Davidson
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