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Iceland(1942)

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According to a November 7, 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item, this film was originally intended as a "sequel" to the 1941 Twentieth Century-Fox production Sun Valley Serenade, which also starrred Sonja Henie and John Payne. Joan Davis, Lynn Bari, Milton Berle and Glenn Miller and his orchestra, who were featured in the first picture, were to appear in this one as well. In notes from a November 7, 1941 conference with studio production chief Darryl F. Zanuck, contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, the above-named players are not listed in the potential cast, although Cesar Romero is listed for the "Slip Riggs" role. Conference notes from February 2, 1942 reveal that producer William LeBaron was going to contact Claude Thornhill's and Harry James's bands "as to availability and prices," and March 10, 1942 conference notes indicate that Victor Borge was being considered for the role of "Sverdrup Svensson."
       According to a October 29, 1941 Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio sent cameraman Bowie Kennedy to Iceland to photograph "backgrounds" for the film. Actor Felix Bressart was borrowed from M-G-M for the production. According to the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the PCA rejected a March 24, 1942 version of the script because of "the comedy characterization of a minister [Herr Tegner]" and "the offensively suggestive lines and situations connected with the scenes in and around the bridal chamber." A revised script, dated April 1, 1942, was approved by the MPAA. According to a December 10, 1942 Hollywood Reporter news item, the studio decided to retitle the film Love on Ice for its foreign release "following protests from the OWI, representatives of Iceland and newspaper critics that the treatment of natives was an affront to the people of the country." The New York Times review also noted that "reports [were] coming in from Iceland" that people there were "feeling severe resentment" about the film, which they felt was "decidedly unflattering to their nature and national mode of life."