Wednesday, February 8, 2023

House Party (1990)

New Line Cinema, 1990
Starring Christopher "Kid" Reid, Christopher "Play" Martin, Martin Lawrence, and Robin Harris
Directed by Reginald Hudlin
Music and Lyrics by various

With the remake now playing in theaters, I thought it was high time to revisit the original wild teen dance party. Kid n' Play were a popular duo in the then-up-and-coming world of rap and hip-hop. This new sound left the cities in the late 80's and early 90's to finally find mainstream popularity, even on Saturday morning television. This came out in the spring, ahead of Kid n' Play's animated cartoon that debuted in the fall. How does this early look at teen rap culture come off today, after much grittier hip-hop films have debuted? Let's start with Chris "Kid" Robinson (Reid) as he begins his day and find out...

The Story: At their high school, Kid's best friend Peter "Play" Martin (Martin) announces he's having a big house party for all the kids in the neighborhood that night, since his parents are on vacation. Kid would love to go...if he hadn't gotten into a huge fight in the school cafeteria with local bully Slab ("Paul Anthony" George). His father (Harris) grounds him, but he sneaks out anyway. 

Kid doesn't have much luck, even after he manages to escape. He first runs into Slab and his buddies again, then ends up in a college frat reunion party to avoid them. When the bullies invade that, he ducks away, only to run into the local cops. He does manage to get to the party after they harass Slab (and his father), only to get into a rap battle with Play, the girl he has a crush on, Sydney (Tisha Campbell), and her friend Sharane (A.J Johnson). He does go home with Sydney, but she's not happy about him flirting with Sharane at the party. Not to mention, Slab's still out there looking for him, as are the police and his father. 

The Song and Dance: You can't get much more early 90's than this movie. The boys wear either tight muscle shirts or snazzy, bright-colored suits, ties, and fedoras, while the ladies go for slouchy cardigans or barely anything. There's more energy in this movie than there are in most other films released that year. While they're not the best actors in the world, Martin and Reid are appealing comedians, and there's early performances from Campbell as the girl Kid's crazy about and Martin Lawrence as Play's DJ buddy Bilal. Harris also has a few hilarious moments as Kid's strict and very tough father who will make a man out of his son if it kills them both. 

Favorite Number: "Hey Love" is the number at the frat party that Kid tries to update by having the DJ turn the 50's doo wop into 90's rap. It actually goes over pretty well...until Slab and his buddies charge in after Kid! "To Da Break of Dawn" is the first number the kids dance to at the party, but it's the vibrant title song that really gets them moving. There's also "Kid n' Play," their big duet at the party, and the song that provides the boys vs. girls rap dance showdown. Kid nervously performs "Fun House" in jail to the inmates to keep them from attacking him.

Trivia: This movie was such a hit in 1990, it inspired five sequels to date, three of which featured Kid n' Play. 

Robin Harris improvised most of his dialogue, including the monologue over the credits where Kid's father punishes him with a strap for all the trouble he caused.

The party sequence really was filmed at Play's real-life home in Los Angeles.

House Party was originally offered to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince.

What I Don't Like: Did I mention how of-its-time this movie is? Let's begin with almost none of the high schoolers were actually teens. Play was pushing 30 by the time this came out, and Lawrence and Kid were in their mid-20's. Kid's passable, but the other two don't look anywhere near their teens. Second, a lot of the jokes and gags plain haven't dated well, from the treatment of its female characters to the sequence under the credits when Harris gives Kid his beating. (Granted, we don't actually see it, and what we do hear is so over-the-top it's almost hilarious, but it's still not something they'd get away with today.) Third, Kid n' Play themselves are barely remembered for anything besides the House Party franchise nowadays, and they lack fellow rapper Will Smith's charisma and acting abilities.

Oh, and heed the R rating. Heavy swearing, violence, and sexual situations makes this absolutely not for young rap lovers. 

The Big Finale: Dated but still funny, with some darn good music if you're a fan of the more upbeat and comic rap from the late 80's and early 90's.

Home Media: Easily found on DVD and streaming, often bundled with its sequels. 

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Animation Celebration Saturday - The Trumpet of the Swan

Tri-Star, 2001
Voices of Dee Bradley Baker, Jason Alexander, Mary Steenburgen, and Reece Witherspoon
Directed by Richard Rich and Terry L. Noss
Music and Lyrics by various

Richard Rich still had swans on the brain in the early 2000's. The Swan Princess wasn't a hit in the theaters, but it went over far better on home video. It was such a success, he's directed nine direct-to-home-media sequels to date. The 1973 Charlotte's Web was also a surprise hit on video in the 90's and a live action Stuart Little was a smash in 1999, which prompted studios to look at adapting other E.B White stories. How does this version of how a mute trumpeter swan gains a voice and a mate look in animation? Let's begin on the pond, as Father (Alexander) and Mother (Steenburgen) Trumpeter Swan are about to hatch their children, and find out...

The Story: The youngest member of their brood, Louis (Baker), is born without a voice. His father is horrified. How will he be able to communicate or attract a mate? Louis turns to his human friend Sam Beaver (Sam Gilfaldi), whom he met when he went to summer camp by his lake. Louis wants to tell the pretty swan Serena (Witherspoon) how much he loves her, but she can't understand his wing signals. Sam takes him to his class, where he learns to read and write.

That allows him to communicate with humans, but swans can't read. Worse yet, he learns his father stole a trumpet from a store so he could communicate through music. Determined to make money for his father to pay the angry store owner back, he flies off first to Boston, then to Philadelphia. He becomes a success...but he never forgets his Serena, or his father. He's got to get back to the lake in Montana, before Serena marries the boorish male swan Boyd (Seth Green). 

The Animation: The detailed backgrounds are where it's at. There's a lot to look at, both in the stunning wilds of Montana and in the more colorful cities where Louie earns his money. The characters are a more obvious reflection of the low budget. The swans look alike, with only the feathers on their heads or cheeks setting them apart from one another. There's continuity problems, too. The trumpet in particular keeps changing color, from silver to gold and back again. 

The Song and Dance: I'm surprised they got such an A-list cast for a relatively small film. Carol Burnett also has a small but fairly funny part as Sam's teacher who decides Louie will be their class science project - this was her first animated film. There's also Corey Burton as a squirrel who behaves like a politician and is one of two squirrels who help save Louie from his sleazy manager Monty (Joe Mantegna). 

Favorite Number: We open with Father Swan singing about how he thinks his children will be the "Spittin' Image" of him. Mother Swan just wishes he'd quit playing with their eggs! "Louie, Louie, Louie" is performed by Little Richard and the chorus in the background in Boston when Louie's music takes the town by storm and is later heard over the credits. "Hey, Hey" is the number for the girl swans with Serena, including Louie's sisters Billie (Melissa Disney) and Ella (Elizabeth Daily). "Touch the Sky" is another background number, this one performed by Kenya Hathaway as Serena and Louie glide together among the clouds in the finale. 

What I Don't Like: First and foremost, this doesn't have much to do with the book it's based on. Sam was the one who realized Louie was mute. Like Fern in Charlotte's Web, he spent far more time with the swans and other animals at the pond than what's shown here. Sam's role is basically cut down to taking Louie to class. This is likely to play up the romance between Louie and Serena, but I'd rather see Serena ending up with him in the Philadelphia Zoo and getting out with Sam's help than the cliched romantic triangle. Boyd wasn't even in the book originally. Alexander waaaaay overdoes it as Louie's drama queen of a father, to the point where he gets really annoying. 

The Big Finale: The cast keeps this from being flat-out terrible, but it's nothing special, either, and will be especially disappointing for fans of the book. Only for major fans of the cast or someone looking for rainy-day background noise for young elementary schoolers. 

Home Media: Easy to find on DVD and streaming. The DVD often turns up for under $5; it's currently streaming for free at several sites.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Juke Joint

Sack Amusement Enterprises, 1947
Starring Spencer Williams, July Jones, Inez Newell, and Dauphine Moore
Directed by Spencer Williams
Music and Lyrics by various

We switch gears from celebrating winter to celebrating Black History Month with a movie made by one of the true unsung characters of American film. Williams came to Hollywood in 1923 after a stint in Mexico and France during World War I and doing intelligence in France. He's best-known today for playing Andy in the early 50's Amos & Andy TV show, but he started out doing sound shorts for segregated theaters with black audience in the late 20's. After tries at other jobs during the Depression, his script for a "race movie" horror film and his appearances in several black westerns brought him to the attention of Alfred N. Sack. His Texas Sack Amusement Enterprises produced and distributed "race films." After the success of Williams' religious fantasy The Blood of Jesus, he contracted Williams to make more movies for him, of which this is the last. How well does this tale of two con men who help a girl prove she's beauty contest material work today? Let's start with those two guys on the road and find out...

The Story: Bad News Johnson (Williams) and his buddy July (Jones) drive into Dallas, Texas with only two cents to their names. They convince Mama Lou Holiday (Newell) that they're acting teachers from Hollywood under the name Whitney Vanderbilt and Cornbread Green who will exchange room and board for teaching her daughter Honey Dew (Moore) social graces. She's hoping Honey Dew will win a big local beauty contest and get to Hollywood herself. Meanwhile, Honey Dew's sister Melody (Melody Duncan) just wants out of town by any means necessary.

The Song and Dance: Not much song here. It's mainly dance and comedy, and admittedly, they both deliver pretty well. Williams and Jones have natural chemistry together and some very funny lines. Newell is hysterical as the tough-minded matriarch who keeps the rest of the family under her thumb, including her shiftless husband Papa Sam (Leonard Duncan). Stylish Melody Duncan comes off the best of the younger woman as the determined and intelligent young woman who wants out from under her mother's domineering rule yesterday. 

Favorite Number: The big - and really only - number is admittedly a lot of fun. There's a jitterbugging contest before the big beauty show, and it's pretty darn awesome. I'd give the entire crowd an award. They're all jumping and jiving and having a terrific time swinging around to the hot instrumental music. 

Trivia: Was considered a lost film until it reappeared in Texas around 1983. 

What I Don't Like: This is an independent B movie made in the late 1940's. First of all, despite being billed as such, it's barely a musical. There's one major number and not much else. Second, it's pretty easy to tell how long this was lost. The copy at Tubi is in horrible shape, just barely watchable. Wish someone would take a crack at restoring these movies. This is history, too, and it's as important as what came from Republic or Monogram at that time. Third, a lot of the dialogue is terribly stiff, the acting isn't much better, and the sets and costumes all too plainly show their low-budget origins. 

The Big Finale: Worth checking out at least once if you're interested in the history of black cinema, Williams, or looking for something different to kill an hour with on streaming and can get around the terrible shape the copies currently circulating are. 

Home Media: It's in the public domain, so it can be found pretty much anywhere. Tubi currently has it for free with ads.

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Hit the Ice

Universal, 1943
Starring Lou Costello, Bud Abbott, Ginny Simms, and Patric Knowels
Directed by Charles Lamont
Music by Harry Revel; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

Our last winter musical of the month does have some skating and skiing, but really focuses more on comedy. Abbott and Costello were the top draws at Universal by the early 40's, over even their horror and action films. Their comedies raked in the cash during the darkest days of World War II and directly afterwards, when all people wanted was a good laugh. How does their comedy work in the story of two photographers who get mixed up with bank robbers, a doctor, and a nurse at a ski resort? Let's head to a hospital in LA, where Dr. Bill Barnes (Knowels) is tending to his latest patient, and find out...

The Story: Photographers Tubby McCoy (Costello) and Flash Fulton (Abbott) are friends with Barnes. Barnes knows they're trying to work for the local newspaper and call them on a building fire. When Tubby gets injured, they end up in the hospital where he works. Gangster Silky Fellowsby (Sheldon Leonard) mistakes them for two hit men from Detroit who are supposed to be helping him with a bank robbery he's planning. He's in the hospital to give him an alibi, but his nurse Peggy Osbourne (Elyse Knox) is suspicious. Fellowsby hires Peggy and Barnes to be his nurse and doctor while he "recuperates" at Sun Valley, Idaho. Tubby and Flash flee there too after they're accused of the crime.

Barnes gets the duo jobs as waiters in the resort. They claim to the gangsters that they'll trade photos of the crime for the stolen loot. Fellowsby first sends his ex-girlfriend, singer Marcia Manning (Simms), to seduce Tubby into giving up the photos. When that doesn't work, they kidnap Peggy and lure the guys to a remote cabin. Turns out Flash and Tubby are better at bluffing than they think...

The Song and Dance: Not much song or dance here. The accent is purely on comedy, and Abbott and especially Costello run with it. The first half kicks off with some nice gags involving the duo trying to get photos of that burning building, including how Tubby gets his injury. Things really pick up when they all get to Sun Valley. Tubby thinks Marcia wants to marry him; she's really interested in bandleader Johnny Long (himself). Watching Marcia try to get the photos from him is hysterical, especially since neither really wants to do it. There's also the adorable routine with Costello's attempt to skate with a little girl (Cordelia Campbell), but she's doing rings around him. 

Favorite Number: We don't get our first number until nearly a half-hour into the movie, but it's the jaunty "I'm Like a Fish Out of Water," performed by Long, his orchestra, Simms, and the vocal group the Four Teens...which is a perfect description of how Tubby and Flash feel when they get to Sun Valley. "I'd Like to Set You to Music" is the Orchestra's number by the pool. Tubby claims he can play the piano for Marcia, but his attempts to get his pal to make it look like he's playing only ends with Marcia figuring out the deception. "The Slap Polka" is the big chorus routine, with everyone skating and slapping as the Orchestra performs the lively tune. The movie ends with the entire cast in two sleds, on their way to get married, because it's "Happiness Ahead."

What I Don't Like: This is barely a musical, or an ice skating film, either. The songs and the Sun Valley setting are shoehorned in awkwardly. The gangsters could have kept their loot at any remote location, or even in the city. Though the gangsters do come off as fairly menacing, the doctor is a bore (and how he became friends with these two idiots is beyond me). Knox doesn't do much more than be suspicious. Simms comes off a little bit better as the sharp singer. 

The Big Finale: Mainly for huge fans of Abbott and Costello. For anyone else, it's a harmless hour and a half's worth of amusement if you run into it on DVD or on TCM.

Home Media: Can be found on two Abbott and Costello collections (one of which is on Blu-Ray). 

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Family Fun Saturday - Breaking the Ice

RKO, 1938
Starring Bobby Breen, Dolores Costello, Charlie Ruggles, and Robert Barrat
Directed by Edward F. Cline
Music by Frank Churchill and Victor Young; Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster

Bobby Breen was another RKO response to Shirley Temple, as well as Deanna Durbin at Universal. Like Durbin, he was a child soprano who could pull off opera and pop songs; like Temple, he was an ultra-cute kid whose vehicles tended towards cheer-up ditties and melodrama. You get a little of both here, along with another cute kid, the child figure skating star Irene Dare. We met Irene earlier this month in Everything's On Ice; how does this story of another child being exploited for their talent compare to hers? Let's begin among the Mennoites religious sect in rural Pennsylvania and find out...

The Story: Tommy (Breen) and Martha (Costello) Martin are hoping to return to Kansas to work on their farm after recovering from her husband's death at the home of her brother William (Barrat) and Annie (Dorothy Peterson) Decker. They'll need $92 to get home. William writes Martha's suitor Henry (John "Dusty" King) against her wishes, but Tommy tears up the letter. He sells old newspapers to Mr. Terwilliger (Ruggles) the antique dealer, but loses 20 dollars in one of the newspapers.

After his uncle punishes him for singing non-religious songs on the farm, Tommy runs away with Mr. Terwilliger to Philadelphia. There, he first gets a job clearing the ice for figure skating marvel Irene Dare's (herself) ice shows. After the owners hear him singing, they promote  him to performing before Irene's shows. Tommy, however, just wants to go home...and he's not thrilled when he figures out what Terwillger's doing with the money. Not to mention, his uncle now believes him to be a thief and thinks he stole the money. Tommy has to corral Terwilliger and figure out what happened to that missing 20 dollars in order to clear his name.

The Song and Dance: I can see why Breen was popular. He was a sweet boy, and he did have charm. Irene's just as adorable here as she was in Everything's On Ice the next year. Her two numbers are highpoints of the film. Ruggles gets some good moments as the old con-man who sees Tommy as his ticket to untold riches. And this is pretty much the only movie I know of to be set among the Mennonite religious sect. That alone makes it a little different.

Favorite Number: The song that gets Tommy into trouble with his uncle is the most innocuous you can imagine - the cheery "Put Your Heart Into a Song." He's "Tellin' My Troubles to a Mule" when he and Terwilliger are on the road. "The Sunny Side of Things" gets him the job at the ice rink when he's cleaning up the ice. He open and closes the movie with the lilting "Happy as a Lark," the finale version done in a montage of him happy on the farm. 

Irene gets two big numbers. She has a simple solo shortly after Tommy starts working at the rink, all spins and leaps. Tommy's "Goodbye, My Dreams, Goodbye" leads into Irene's number with a chorus of clowns. She leaps easily over them, then skates with one who spins and twirls her around. 

What I Don't Like: Almost every adult in this movie is a complete jerk or lets the other adults run over them and the kids. Tommy's uncle jumps way too hard to conclusions about him being a thief without hearing his side of the story, and his mother does nothing to stop or contradict him. Terwilliger only cares about exploiting the boy, much like Irene's uncle did in Everything's On Ice. The sugary songs frankly sound all alike and are pretty dull. Irene's solo isn't bad, but her clown routine is absurd and a little creepy. Not to mention, the Mennonites aren't exactly shown in the best light. 

The Big Finale: Only for major fans of Breen or figure skating. 

Home Media: Not currently on disc, but it can be found for free on Tubi with commercials. 

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Cult Flops - Iceland

20th Century Fox, 1942
Starring Sonja Henie, John Payne, Jack Oakie, and Felix Bressart
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Music by Harry Warren; Lyrics by Mack Gordon

After the success of Sun Valley Serenade in 1941, 20th Century Fox ordered more of the same with Henie, Payne, Humberstone, and Glenn Miller. They got three out of four. Miller had joined the army by this point and was replaced by Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra. Like Sun Valley Serenade, this one also plays on real-life events during World War II, in this case the occupation of Iceland by American Marines earlier in 1941. How does this tie into the story of a local girl who thinks a Marine wants to marry her? Let's begin with the Marines landing and their eager reception by the locals and find out...

The Story: Captain James Murfin (Payne) thinks he's just flirting with pretty Katina Jonsdottir (Henie) when the Marines land in Iceland. She, however, takes it as a proposal. She's been telling her family that she has a man in Switzerland, and let's them assume Murfin's him. Murfin, however,  has no desire to marry anyone, but he has no idea how to let sweet Katina off the hook without offending her and her family...and then, after he sees her skate in a local show, he's not sure he wants to.

The Song and Dance: Obviously, with a story that slim, song and dance are the operative words here. Some of Henie's most spectacular numbers were created for this movie, including the only hula ice skating routine I've ever seen. The music's good, too, and while Kaye's not Glenn Miller, he and his band still put them over with relish. Love the spectacular costumes and backdrops, including some nifty native costumes for the Icelandic locals. The supporting cast does the best here, especially Sterling Holloway as Katina's wishy-washy suitor Sverdrup and Felix Bressart as her resolutely old-fashioned father. 

Favorite Number: Our first number comes after the arrival of the Marines, with many of them settling in to listen to Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra at a local club. Their singer Joan Merrill praises how "You Can't Say No to a Soldier." A male quartet insists "Let's Bring New Glory to Old Glory." The standard here is the charming ballad "They'll Never Be Another You." Merrill starts it, but Payne picks it up as he dances with Katina in the club.

Henie gets two huge ice skating routines, one towards the middle of the film at a local carnival, and one near the end. The first one manages to incorporate everything from a Chinese ballet to a Hawaiian hula, complete with Henie tip-toeing on dusty "ice" sand and wearing a skating costume that looks like a hula skirt as she does the hand movements. The second, "I Like a Military Tune," salutes the Armed Services with Henie spinning around men in uniform and dancing to music from all of the Services theme songs in a spectacular beaded uniform of her own.

What I Don't Like: No wonder this ended up being Henie's first flop. The whole film is annoying as heck. Frankly, neither Katina nor James are especially pleasant, and her jumping on him and his trying to back out of his lies is dragged on for way too long. Her family is even more ridiculous, with her sister (Osa Massen) whining about not being able to marry her suitor because Katina won't get married, and her parents jumping on every guy who even looks Katina's way. You start to wish the two would just be honest and admit all the trouble they caused way before the drawn-out ending. They could have been kinder to real-life Icelanders, too. Some Iceland residents protested the plot about an American man stealing away one of their women. 

The Big Finale: Nice big band music aside, this is only for the most ardent fans of Henie, figure skating, or the musicals of the World War II era. 

Home Media: DVD only from the 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

My Lucky Star

20th Century Fox, 1938
Starring Sonja Henie, Richard Greene, Joan Davis, and Cesar Romero
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Music by Harry Revel; Lyrics by Mack Gordon

We go back to school with Sonja Henie and return to her vehicles with this hit from late 1938. Henie's settings to this point were mostly in her native Norway or typical resorts. Fox at least tries to vary things slightly by first tossing her into a department store, then higher education. How do the two settings fit into one story about a clerk who becomes the belle of a northern college? Let's start at the department store with George Cabot Sr. (George Barbier) as he wonders where his son George Jr. (Romero) is and find out...

The Story: George Junior is a playboy who gets married every other week. His current wife Marcelle (Gypsy Rose Lee) is suing him for divorce. Hoping to make his father's department store more profitable, he suggests they send women out to college campuses as living models and encourage the co-eds to buy their clothes. He suggests sports clerk Krista Nielsen (Henie), who helped him home when he was drunk. They send her to Plymouth College to model winter sportswear.

The girls think she's being stuck-up at first, with her constant changes of clothes, but she wins over handsome student Larry Taylor (Greene). He convinces her to stay when the boys make fun of her clothes horse tendencies at the tryouts for their Winter Carnival, and her amazing performance there does the rest. She doesn't want to leave when George Junior wants her to move to Florida to model swimwear, but ends up being suspended after she's implicated in Marcelle and George Jr.'s divorce. Larry goes with her to convince Marcelle to give up her suit...and then to find a way to make everyone happy, including George Sr. 

The Song and Dance: The college and department store settings at least makes this one stand out slightly, along with a nice supporting cast. Fox borrowed Buddy Ebsen from MGM to play off sarcastic Joan Davis. She's a teacher who wishes the school's sleigh driver would pay less attention to his pregnant horse and more to her. I'm actually glad they don't play Gypsy Rose Lee's role as the villain. She doesn't mean Krista any harm. She just wants her husband to pay attention to her. They really get creative with the ice ballets here, too, especially the nifty Alice In Wonderland Ballet in the finale. Bringing in Roy Del Ruth from Warners, where he did many of their best musicals, helped too. He gives the film a fair pace and a nicely playful tone. 

Favorite Number: The first song in the movie doesn't come until nearly 15 minutes in, but it's our introduction to the Plymouth University students, their "Marching Along." "This May Be the Night," everyone declares as they're driven in Buddy's sleigh to the big skating rally. The boys make fun of Krista's constant clothes changing, dressing in drag to show how "Classy Clothes Chris" looks rather silly to them. Krista's offended, until Larry convinces her to ignore them and give a great performance. She does, wowing them all over with her simple polished solo. The University chorus kicks in again when she leaves with the "Plymouth Farewell Song," performed in the background as Krista's forced to leave the college.

The big one is the Winter Carnival in the finale, held at the remodeled department store. Arthur Jarrett performs the hit "I've Got a Date With a Dream" with the ladies of the chorus and Ebsen and Davis. Henie picks it up with the male chorus on the ice. Ebsen and Davis do some clowning in fancy dress to "Could You Pass In Love?" which is also picked up by Henie and the chorus. "The Alice In Wonderland Ballet" lets Henie in fairy-tale ruffles and bonnet cavort with skaters dressed something like the characters from the famous book. 

What I Don't Like: The setting may be novel, but the story's just plain silly. It's supposed to be college, but you never once see anyone in a classroom or even studying. George Junior's model idea is so ridiculous and unrealistic, no wonder the student body made fun of Krista. Larry has a point that the kids are more likely to be struggling to pay their tuition than buying her fancy clothes. Greene has a charming English accent, but he's mostly dull alongside the adorable Henie, and Ebsen and Gypsy Rose Lee could have more to do. 

The Big Finale: Worth checking out for the skating sequences alone if you're a fan of Henie, ice shows, or Alice In Wonderland adaptations. 

Home Media: DVD only from the 20th Century Fox Cinema Archives.