This is a pleasant enough film with a simple plot. It is not one of the great Hollywood musicals and I suspect was given rather a limited budget. Tyrone Power, Sonja Henie, Rudy Vallee, Edna May Oliver and Mary Healy all play their roles well and the movie is well paced.
Ice is provided for Sonja Henie to show off her skating prowess to the wonderful music of Irving Berlin. Indeed, for me, this is what makes this film interesting as it features five great Berlin songs. As I am familiar with the songs,although I hadn't realised that Berlin composed "When Winter Comes", it was revealing to see how they were originally staged in the film for which they were written. The songs may not be Irving Berlin's best remembered and loved melodies, but they are first-rate and worth discovering if you haven't already done so.
Tyrone Power may have been the leading man but he was not noted as a singer, so Rudy Vallee filled that bill and warbles through "An Old Fashioned Tune Always Is New", "When Winter Comes" and the lovely romantic ballad "I Poured My Heart Into A Song". Mary Healy sings "Back To Back" - the big dance number - and "I'm Sorry For Myself". It is understandable that this DVD is marketed as "Irving Berlin's Second Fiddle" as his contribution is invaluable to the entertainment.