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Breaking the Ice (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 22 September 1938 (USA)
Tommy Martin lives with mother Martha in a conservative religious community but dreams of a singing career. He leaves to join a traveling show where he befriends skating sensation Irene and performs lively tunes to make a living.

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay), Manuel Seff (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bobby Breen ... Tommy Martin
Charles Ruggles ... Samuel Terwilliger
Dolores Costello ... Martha Martin
Irene Dare ... Irene Dare
Robert Barrat ... William Decker
Dorothy Peterson ... Annie Decker
John 'Dusty' King ... Henry Johnson (as John King)
Billy Gilbert ... Mr. Small
Margaret Hamilton ... Mrs. Small
Charles Murray ... Janitor
Jonathan Hale ... Kane
Delmar Watson ... Reuben Johnson
Spencer Charters ... Farmer Smith
Cy Kendall ... Judd
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Tommy Martin lives with mother Martha in a conservative religious community but dreams of a singing career. He leaves to join a traveling show where he befriends skating sensation Irene and performs lively tunes to make a living.

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mennonite | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pevec potepuh See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film occurred in New York City Monday 25 August 1947 on WNBT (Channel 4) and in Los Angeles Sunday 7 March 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5). See more »

Soundtracks

Goodbye, My Dreams, Goodbye
(arrangement of "Serenade", written by Franz Schubert)
Written by Victor Young and Paul Francis Webster (as Paul F. Webster)
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Stated clearly in the opening and in body of movie
13 January 2010 | by skiddooSee all my reviews

These are Mennonites not Amish. There's a difference. Unfortunately this is the typically painful Hollywood view that depicts every conservative sect the same way, with stilted language and oddness, neither of which bears any relation to reality. It would be offensive if it weren't so ridiculous and ignorant. Interesting that the more liberal sister is wearing obvious makeup. Charles Ruggles is the only actor who seems even slightly believable in this mess. There's also an outstandingly trained mule. Breen sang well and Dare skated well with challenging choreography. The part where the four are taking a stroll behind the plow is particularly weird and not something we are likely to ever see again unless someone makes a parody of the genre, if indeed one could parody this genre.


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