It's a Pleasure!


1h 30m 1945
It's a Pleasure!

Brief Synopsis

A disgraced hockey player takes up figure skating and falls for the show's star.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Release Date
Mar 3, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
International Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
8,072ft

Synopsis

After hot-tempered professional hockey player Don Martin slugs a referee during a game, he is barred from the game for life. Chris Linden, the starry-eyed figure skater who performs in the half-time show, has a crush on Don and believes that she can help the hard-drinking skater mend his ways. Impressed by Chris's skating ability, Buzz Fletcher, an old school chum of Don's and now the owner of an ice revue, offers Chris and her troupe a booking. Upon learning that Don has embarked upon yet another drunken spree, Chris visits the skater and his friend and manager, Bill Evans, and asks him to join her in Buzz's show. Meanwhile, Buzz's wife Gail, who is bored with her marriage and a life on ice, decides to make romantic overtures to Don to relieve her tedium. Gail's predatory behavior disturbs Chris's close friend Wilma and the rest of her troupe. Unaware of Don's romantic and drinking escapades, Chris continues to mother him and one day, he half-heartedly proposes to her. After the wedding, Gail, feeling rejected, snubs Don, causing Buzz to wonder if they had a disagreement. While on the train to the troupe's next engagement, talent scout and ice show promoter Jack Weimar questions Buzz about Don's reliability. Bent on revenge, Gail declares that Don is an unreformed drunk. When Buzz informs Don that Jack is interested in starring him in a show, the elated Don buys Chris an expensive emerald ring. Upon returning to the hotel that afternoon, Don encounters Gail waiting for him in the lobby. Determined to sabotage his career, Gail decides to get him drunk before his audition for Jack. When Don fails to appear for the performance that evening, Chris becomes frantic with concern. Don finally arrives drunk, and Buzz realizes that he has spent the afternoon with Gail at the Paradise Bar. As Bill valiantly attempts to sober Don up, Buzz angrily forbids him to perform, and the inebriated Don slips and knocks himself unconscious. Buzz then beseeches Chris to go on in Don's place. As Chris triumphantly comes off the ice, the emerald ring is delivered to her. Thrilled, Chris rushes to Don's dressing room to thank him, but he is not there. Impressed by Chris's talent, Jack offers her a spot in his show, but she refuses to go on without Don. Later, Buzz confronts Gail about her rendezvous with Don, and she admits to being in love with the skater. When Don learns that Chris has rejected her chance at stardom because of her refusal to break up their team, he decides to leave her, hoping to force her to accept Jack's offer. Upon learning that Don is leaving Chris, Gail informs Buzz that she is divorcing him. Although Don rejects Gail, he words his farewell letter to Chris to make her think that he is leaving her for Gail. Handing Buzz the letter to deliver to Chris, Don asks his old friend to give Chris the note once their train has left the station. Don's ploy works, and after reading the letter, Chris returns his ring and accepts Jack's offer. Two years later, Chris has become the star of the ice show. Bill has remained in touch with Wilma, and when he invites her and the troupe to see a hockey game involving a team of delinquent boys that Don has been coaching, she and Buzz eagerly accept. Inspired by the boys's spunk, Buzz suggests putting them in his show and invites them to a performance the following evening. Before going on that night, Chris is upset when she finds the emerald ring on her dressing room table. When she insists that Buzz return the ring to Don, Buzz finally tells Chris that Don did not leave her for Gail and is still in love with her. Claiming that Don has now matured, Buzz suggests that Chris meet him and his boys, and she eagerly accepts. Backstage, Chris and Don are joyfully reunited and Don slips the ring back on her finger.

Cast

Sonja Henie

Chris Linden

Michael O'shea

Don Martin

Marie Mcdonald

Gail Fletcher

Bill Johnson

Buzz Fletcher

Gus Schilling

Bill Evans

Iris Adrian

Wilma

Cheryl Walker

Loni

Peggy O'neill

Cricket

Arthur Loft

Jack Weimar

Alice Fleming

Maid

George Brown

Hockey referee

George Stewart

Hockey referee

Jack Chefe

Canadian hockey star

Bill Murphy

Canadian goalie

Don Loper

Chris's dancing partner

Tom Hanlon

Announcer

Lane Watson

Photographer

A. F. Johnson

Timekeeper

John Mcdonald

Hockey player

Nils Althin

Hockey player

Harold Griffin

Hockey player

Howard Smith

Hockey player

Sig Burley

Hockey player

Bob Meyer

Hockey player

Bud Reiser

Hockey player

Tom Mccormick

Hockey player

Vern Kuntzman

Hockey player

Dominic Nacerine

Hockey player

Jerry Paige

Hockey player

Bennie Novicki

Hockey player

Irving Gregg

Hockey player

Clem Harnedy

Hockey player

Ray Biss

Hockey player

Frank Melton

Arena attendant

Dave Willock

Elevator man

Suzanne Rhodes

Woman in elevator

Evelyn Mackert

Woman in elevator

Hazel Dohlman

Woman in elevator

Katherine York

Woman in elevator

Stephen Barclay

Man at weinie bake

Frank Billy Mitchell

Porter on train

Kenneth Scott

Card sharp

Donald Kerr

Hoofer

Carol House

Trooper

Virginia Wave

Trooper

Virginia Haralson

Trooper

Betty Cadwell

Trooper

Kay Morley

Trooper

Diana Mumby

Trooper

Roy Darmour

Trooper

Douglas Carter

Trooper

John Benson

Trooper

Paul Bradley

Trooper

Thad Swift

Trooper

Brooks Benedict

Trooper

Bess Flowers

Salesgirl

Edward Earle

Manager of jewelry store

Emmett Vogan

Hotel clerk

Alphonse Martel

Maitre d'

John Roche

M. C.

Geraldine Farnum

Cigarette girl

Louise Illington

Cigarette girl

Ruth Valmy

Hatcheck girl

Nelson Leigh

Waiter

Jimmy Conlin

Messenger

Lane Watson

Train announcer's voice

Danny Shaw

Ted

Fred Chapman

Boy at hockey game

Shelby Bacon

Boy at hockey game

John Arnold

Boy at hockey game

Myron Tobias

Boy at hockey game

Mary Gordon

Tenement woman

Nina Campana

Tenement woman

Buddy Gorman

Nick

Alma Carroll

Show girl

Dorothy Koster

Show girl

Mickey Malloy

Show girl

Ruth Valmy

Show girl

Georgia Lange

Show girl

Amanda Dieterich

Ballet skater

Mary Ann Kramer

Ballet skater

Elizabeth Kennedy

Ballet skater

Mary Taylor

Ballet skater

Dorothy Dewolf

Ballet skater

Ethel Stout

Ballet skater

Louise Allen

Girl skater

Carol Brinckman

Girl skater

Lorraine Brinckman

Girl skater

Marianne Brudie

Girl skater

Arlene Burger

Girl skater

Shirley Davies

Girl skater

Clarice Evans

Girl skater

Pamela Ewing

Girl skater

Marilyn Frasche

Girl skater

Alyce Goering

Girl skater

Iris Gordon

Girl skater

Mary Hadlett

Girl skater

Lynne Kelly

Girl skater

Lita Lane

Girl skater

Terry Lovelace

Girl skater

Margie Mckay

Girl skater

Shyrle Martinson

Girl skater

Corrine Raines

Girl skater

Joanne Rupp

Girl skater

Nancy Rush

Girl skater

Helen Smith

Girl skater

Louise Snyder

Girl skater

Jeanne Sook

Girl skater

Kathleen Stark

Girl skater

Marcia Sweet

Girl skater

Mariann Tucker

Girl skater

Marilyn Telfer

Girl skater

Naomi Wold

Girl skater

Ann Wood

Girl skater

Clair Wallace

Girl skater

Mollie Dryden

Girl skater

Frank Chase

Boy skater

Harold Gehl

Boy skater

Walter Hedberg

Boy skater

Bud Issacs

Boy skater

Jimmy Kelly

Boy skater

Bud Moore

Boy skater

James Oetzel

Boy skater

Tom Lynn

Boy skater

Buck Pennington

Boy skater

Harlan Spencer

Boy skater

Tim Taylor

Boy skater

Jerry Thorpe

Boy skater

Bill Udell

Boy skater

Al Cooper

Boy skater

Alan Lovell

Boy skater

Tom Ladd

Boy skater

James Hawley

Specialty skater

John Jolliffe

Specialty skater

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Release Date
Mar 3, 1945
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
International Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Film Length
8,072ft

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to a pre-production Hollywood Reporter news item, Lola Lane was originally cast as the female heavy in this picture. Although Hollywood Reporter production charts credit Joseph Neff as film editor, Ernest Nims is listed as editor onscreen. Production charts also list Ray Walker in the cast, but his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. Although onscreen credits and SAB attribute the screenplay to Lynn Starling and Elliot Paul, a CBCS list dated October 2, 1944 credits Paul Gangelin with screenplay and attributes the story idea to Billy Wilder. A October 16, 1944 pre-release ad for the film in Daily Variety also credits Wilder with the story idea, but the extent of his and Gangelin's contribution to the released film has not been determined. According to a New York Times news item, the ice sequences were filmed at the Westwood Ice Rink in Los Angeles, and rehearsals were held at the Polar Palace in Hollywood. The decision to film at public rinks rather than on a studio sound stage was made because of problems involving the multi-colored ice used in the production.