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It's a Pleasure
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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)
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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Great movie, fantastic skating by Sonja Henie, one of the best women ice skater's I have ever seen in my life!Published 5 days ago by ciscat21
Delightful old time light hearted picture. Nothing deep or thought provoking; sort of an "easy listening" kind of film.Published 2 months ago by Len
The movie "Executive Suite" was a good movie with good stars about CORPORATE INTRIGUE. How did Sonje Henie get in a communist slant on immoral executives? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Happy Goth
Fun movie especially the dance number with Sonja Henie. She was a great dancer as well as skating star.Published 21 months ago by Lucy
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 morePublished 24 months ago by Stephen E. Lightell
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