Iceland (film)

Iceland (1942) is a 20th Century Fox musical film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone set in Iceland, starring skater Sonja Henie and John Payne as a U.S. Marine posted in Iceland during World War II. The film was titled Katina in Great Britain and Marriage on Ice in Australia.[2]

Directed byH. Bruce Humberstone
Produced byWilliam LeBaron
Written byRobert Ellis
Helen Logan
StarringSonja Henie
John Payne
Jack Oakie
Felix Bressart
Eugene Turner
CinematographyArthur Charles Miller
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • August 12, 1942 (1942-08-12)
Running time
79 min.
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.7 million (US rentals)[1]

Fox reteamed their two leads and director from the previous year's musical Sun Valley Serenade and set the story in the then contemporary American Marine landing and occupation of Iceland in 1941. Payne had previously played a Marine in Fox's To the Shores of Tripoli also directed by Humberstone. Among the songs are "There Will Never Be Another You" and "You Can't Say No to a Soldier".

Some Icelanders protested against the film for its depiction of Marines winning away the local women.[3][4] Henie's on-ice partner during the filmed skating sequences was 1940/41 U.S. Champion Eugene Turner.



Reviewer Dennis Schwartz gave the film a C+ rating, describing it as "entertaining but superficial" while giving credit to its direction and its songs. [5]


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