Happy Landing

Overview

Happy Landing was another Sonja Henie moneyspinner from the 20th Century-Fox film factory. The story gets under way when skirt-chasing bandleader Duke Sargent Cesar Romero pitches woo to Trudy Ericksen Sonja Henie while on a tour of Norway. To Duke, it's just another harmless flirtation, but Trudy takes him seriously and trails him back to the USA, where she finds enormous success as an ice-skating star. When Duke's manager Jimmy Hall Don Ameche falls in love with Trudy himself, he cooks up a scheme to marry off ...
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Overview

Happy Landing was another Sonja Henie moneyspinner from the 20th Century-Fox film factory. The story gets under way when skirt-chasing bandleader Duke Sargent Cesar Romero pitches woo to Trudy Ericksen Sonja Henie while on a tour of Norway. To Duke, it's just another harmless flirtation, but Trudy takes him seriously and trails him back to the USA, where she finds enormous success as an ice-skating star. When Duke's manager Jimmy Hall Don Ameche falls in love with Trudy himself, he cooks up a scheme to marry off Duke to vocalist Flo Kelly Ethel Merman. As always, the plot takes a back seat to the skating, with Sonja Henie at her professional peak.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Happy Landing is a fairly typical Sonja Henie film, which means that her fans will love it and her detractors will simply shake their heads in wonder that such films ever existed, let alone were enormously popular. As with most Henie, the problem with Landing is that, as good as the ice skating sequences are -- and they are truly exceptional here -- there's still lots of time between them that has to be filled. When Henie is filling that time, Landing grinds to a halt, not helped by Don Ameche's surprisingly lifeless, half-hearted performance. Fortunately, Cesar Romero is around to add a little spice and, even more fortunately, Ethel Merman is around to add some real zip. Merman raises the roof with her sensational "You Appeal to Me" and "Hot and Happy," and her way with a would-be-snappy line of dialogue livens things up considerably. There's also a nifty Condos Brothers dance sequence that helps to make up for the annoying Al Brendel number. The script is ridiculous and the direction is perfunctory, but Happy Landing is opulent and eye-filling. And while Merman is onscreen or Henie is skating, it's enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/17/2013
  • UPC: 024543921806
  • Original Release: 1938
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:42:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,056

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sonja Henie Truly Ericksen
Don Ameche Jimmy Hall
Jean Hersholt Lars Ericksen
Ethel Merman Flo Kelly
Cesar Romero Duke Sargent
Billy Gilbert Counter Man
Wally Vernon Al Mahoney
Marcelle Corday Gypsy
Joseph Crehan Agent
Eddie Conrad Waiter
Leah Ray Specialties
The Peters Sisters
The Condos Brothers Themselves
Lon Chaney Jr. Reporter
Robert Lowery Reporter
Alex Novinsky Count
Ray Scott Quintet Himself
Raymond Scott Quintette
El Brendel Yonnie
Ben Welden Rink Manager
Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Walter Bullock Songwriter
Eugene Grossman Sound/Sound Designer
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
David Hempstead Associate Producer
Boris Ingster Screenwriter
Mark-Lee Kirk Art Director
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Louis Loeffler Editor
Harry Losee Choreography
John Mescall Cinematographer
Royer Costumes/Costume Designer
Raymond Scott Songwriter
Louis Silvers Musical Direction/Supervision
Milton Sperling Screenwriter
Jack Yellen Score Composer
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer
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