Happy Landing

Happy Landing with Sonja Henie, Don Ameche, Cesar Romero, and Ethel Merman.  Cesar Romero is a love-'em-and-leave-'em band leader, Don Ameche is his manager who keeps him out of trouble, Ethel Merman is a gold digger who tries to entrap Romero, Sonja Henie (the Esther Williams of ice skating) is an innocent Norwegian who falls in love with Romero.  Coincidentally, Romero's character is named "Duke", same as his character in Five of a Kind.

This movie is great entertaining fluff.  It is a musical, with songs performed by Cesar Romero and Ethel Merman interspersed between lavish ice skating production numbers.  It is worth seeing just for one scene where Billy Gilbert* as a diner counterman tries to push the pot roast special when Don Ameche wants to order a hamburger.  It is a laugh-out-loud "who's on first" sort of routine.

*whom IMDB says was the voice of Sneezy in Snow White and the dim-witted process server Pettibone in His Girl Friday

"We got extra special pot roast for today, with noodles!"


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