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Ice-Capades(1941)

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The working titles of this film were Icecapades of 1941 and Ice-capades of 1942. In the onscreen credits, Barbara Jo Allen is listed as "Barbara Jo Allen (Vera Vague)." Vera Vague was Allen's radio character name. The film marked the screen debut of Vera Hruba, a Czechoslovakian ice skater whose surname is misspelled "Rhuba" in the onscreen credits. When the film was re-released in 1949 as Music in the Moonlight, Hruba was billed as "Vera Ralston," the name she assumed in 1946. In 1952, she married Herbert J. Yates, the chief executive of Republic. Hollywood Reporter news items noted that Milt Gross was to work on the picture's screenplay with credited writer Jack Townley, but the extent of Gross's contribution to the released film has not been confirmed. According to Hollywood Reporter news items, Belita (1923-2005), one of the stars of the Ice-Capades touring company, was to star in the picture. Belita was replaced by fellow skater Dorothy Lewis, however, due to an "inability to get together with Republic executives regarding billing and script." On June 12, 1941, Belita agreed to appear in the picture, but by then, filming of most of the skating sequences had been completed and she was featured only in a specialty number. The film marked her motion picture debut. Hollywood Reporter production charts include the Heasley Twins in the cast, but their participation in the finished picture has not been confirmed. Music director Cy Feuer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture). In 1942, Republic released another film featuring the Ice Capades company entitled Ice Capades Revue (see below).