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Everything's on Ice

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Everything's on Ice
Directed byErle C. Kenton
Written byAdrian Landis
Sherman L. Lowe
Produced bySol Lesser
StarringEdgar Kennedy
Lynne Roberts
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byArthur Hilton
Music byAmedeo De Filippi
Max Terr
Distributed byRKO Pictures
Release date
  • October 6, 1939 (1939-10-06) (United States)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUNited States

Everything's on Ice is a 1939 American musical film produced by Sol Lesser for RKO Pictures, directed by Erle C. Kenton and stars six year old Irene Dare, Edgar Kennedy and Lynne Roberts.[1][2] The film was released on October 6, 1939 and is also known as Frolics on Ice (American video title).[3]

A 6-year-old skater is financially exploited in this story,[2] which features "the world's youngest ice figure-skater, Irene Dare."[4] Meanwhile, the girl's older sister "suddenly finds her love-life taken over by a kibitzing uncle ... [leading to] a succession of laughable situations."[5]


Felix Miller (Roscoe Karns) has another money making scheme, this time it involves his 6 year old figure skating niece Irene Barton (Irene Dare), and given his history her family doesn't take him seriously. Uncle Felix takes little Irene to skate for a talent scout from Florida and secures not only a job but train tickets for the entire family to Florida for her gig. While on the train Irene's sister, Jane (Lynne Roberts) and Felix meet Leopold Eddington (Eric Linden) who has just inherited a million dollars but Felix assumes he doesn't have any money because Leopold tells them he's staying at an inexpensive hotel. Irene's dad Joe Barton (Edgar Kennedy) stays behind in New York to continue working at the barber shop he's trying to buy.

Uncle Felix wastes no time spending the paycheck that results from little Irene's skating performances at the Silver Palms Café, he checks them into the finest hotel in the area and spares no expense on clothing, jewelry and food. Leopold attends Irene's first performance hoping to talk with Jane again, but Felix brushes him off and makes fun of him. Later Felix meets Harrison Gregg (George Meeker) in the steam room and assumes he's very wealthy when in fact Harrison can't even pay for his hotel bill. Meanwhile, Leopold and Jane are spending time getting to know each other, later Felix convinces Leopold to stay away from Jane and enjoy the rest of his vacation. Unable to secure another advance on Irene's pay, spendthrift Felix sends a telegram to his brother-in-law Joe asking for $200 and promises him that the family will be "fixed for life". Joe does not believe him for a minute and travels to Florida to find out for himself what's really going on. Meanwhile Felix is trying to arrange a marriage between reluctant Jane and Harrison.

Joe arrives to discover that Felix is throwing an expensive cocktail party and has taken several advances on Irene's pay. Felix is trying to get either Joe or Harrison will pay their outstanding expenses. Joe also discovers that his wife Elsie (Mary Hart) has been a willing partner to Felix's spending, and they argue. Joe meets Leopold and finds out that he intended to marry his daughter, and Joe encourages him to go after "Janie". Felix and Elsie find out that the barbershop that Joe had wanted to buy has been sold to someone else, but they're more worried about themselves than they are about Joe. Meanwhile Irene has been fired from her skating gig because there is no one to finance her performances.

Joe arranges for Leopold to see Janie one last time before leaving Florida although Felix has arranged for her to see Harrison at the side entrance (he's trying to skip out on his hotel bill). Joe insists his wife return everything she's bought, and the manager of the hotel tries to collect the money owed for the cocktail party and the other expenses. Felix claims that Harrison will be paying for it, but the hotel manager lets Felix know that Harrison can't even pay for his hotel bill, plus he's nowhere to be found. Irene announces that Leopold will be financing her next performance although Felix doesn't believe it. Irene's governess confirms that Leopold is a very wealthy man, and both Felix and Elsie are speechless. Meanwhile Jane and Leopold have not only eloped but have bought the barbershop for Joe as a birthday present. Felix and Harrison are now working in the hotel kitchen to pay off their expenses.[3]


Edgar Kennedy as Joe Barton
Edgar Kennedy as Joe Barton



  1. ^ "THE SCREEN: FOUR FILMS IN REVIEW; Ingrid Bergman of Sweden Makes Her Hollywood Debut in 'Intermezzo' at tloe Music Hall--'Everythings on Ice' at the Palace and 'U-Boat 29' at the Globe Also Open Here". The New York Times. New York, New York, USA. October 6, 1939. Retrieved April 25, 2022.
  2. ^ a b Hirschhorn, Clive (1981). The Hollywood Musical. London, England, U.K.: Octopus Books Limited. p. 164. ISBN 0-517-54044-4.
  3. ^ a b Hischak, Thomas S. (2017). 1939: Hollywood's Greatest Year. Lanham, Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 256-7. ISBN 9781442278059.
  4. ^ "Talented Tots Starred In "Breaking the Ice" At Olympic". Altoona Tribune. Pennsylvania, Altoona. September 8, 1938. p. 10. Retrieved June 11, 2016 – via open access
  5. ^ "'Everything on Ice' At Park, With Irene Dare". Reading Times. Pennsylvania, Reading. September 15, 1939. p. 23. Retrieved June 11, 2016 – via open access
  6. ^ Jewell, Richard B.; Harbin, Vernon (1982). The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York, USA: Arlington House Publishers. p. 136. ISBN 9780517546567.

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