I See Ice

I See Ice is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring George Formby, Kay Walsh and Betty Stockfeld.[1] The film depicts the adventures of a photographer working for a London newspaper. It features the songs "In My Little Snapshot Album", "Noughts And Crosses" and "Mother What'll I Do Now".[2]

I See Ice
Directed byAnthony Kimmins
Produced byBasil Dean
Written byAustin Melford
Anthony Kimmins
StarringGeorge Formby
Kay Walsh
Cyril Ritchard
Music byErnest Irving
CinematographyGordon Dines
Ronald Neame
Edited byErnest Aldridge
Distributed byAssociated British
Release date
10 February 1938 (1938-02-10)
Running time
84 mins
CountryUnited Kingdom


The farcical adventures of a prop man (George Formby) with a touring ice ballet. Inventing a new sort of candid camera in his spare time, and concealing it in a bow-tie, our hero gets into a mess of trouble when he takes an incriminating photo of an important man; pulls a communication cord; winds up in jail; referees a hockey match; finds himself in a stage show dressed as a cosack; woos an attractive young ice skater (Kay Walsh); and eventually wins a job on a newspaper.[2][3][4]


Critical reception

  • Hal Erickson wrote in Allmovie that although the film is "well directed and exceptionally well cast (Kay Walsh and Cyril Ritchard appear in support), I See Ice wouldn't amount to a hill of beans without the presence of the ebullient Formby, who halts the action every once in a while for one of his unsubtly risque comic songs. Not surprisingly, the film was infinitely more popular as a "regional" than as a big-city attraction"/[5]
  • Halliwell's Film Guide wrote, "fair star comedy with good production".[2]
  • TV Guide wrote, " wild little comedy with Formby performing uproariously as usual."[4]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | I SEE ICE! (1938)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  2. "I See Ice". Georgeformby.co.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  3. "I See Ice! | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  4. "I See Ice Trailer". TV Guide. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  5. Erickson, Hal. "I See Ice (1938) -". AllMovie. Retrieved 13 March 2014.


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  • Perry, George. Forever Ealing. Pavilion Books, 1994.
  • Wood, Linda. British Films, 1927-1939. British Film Institute, 1986.
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