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Second Fiddle (1939)
by Hans J. Wollstein review

20th Century Fox screenwriters Harry Tugend and George Bradshaw must have pondered long and hard over the obvious difficulties of incorporating figure skating sequences into a Sonja Henie musical set in Sunny California. The brainstorming, alas, resulted in one of the lamest excuses this side of a Disney cartoon. Sitting by her swimming pool, Sonja daydreams what would happen if the temperatures miraculously dropped below freezing. Aside from Henie's ill-placed figure skating extravaganzas, Second Fiddle should have been a funny lampoon over David O. Selznick's legendary search for Scarlett O'Hara, but Sonja, unfortunately, is no Carole Lombard, and the joke quickly turns sour.