One in a Million (1937)

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To put it bluntly, Sonja Henie was no Michelle Kwan. Ice rinks have changed quite a bit since Henie's days, of course, the sport having undergone a transformation from quaint figure eights to the pure athleticism of the triple axel. Yet Henie was reportedly worth five figures when she made One in a Million on the heels of her latest Olympic gold medal, and her popularity all but guaranteed success. She was, however, an unproven acting talent -- to put it mildly -- so 20th Century Fox hedged its bets and surrounded the dimpled skater with such extemporaneous talent as Borrah Minnevitch and his Harmonica Rascals and the three zany Ritz Brothers. Like Henie herself, the variety acts are purely a matter of taste, but the music still works and that veteran reprobate Adolphe Menjou has a nice bit as a poor man's Florenz Ziegfeld. As for Sonja Henie's leading man, Don Ameche has nothing to do and does it just like a man who has nothing to do would do it.