Thin Ice (1937)


Thin Ice (1937)

Lili is a skating instructor at a grand hotel in the Alps. An international conference is booked at the hotel. The conference is led by Prince Rudolph, whose plan is really to keep a pair of feuding countries at odds with each other. Feining illness, the Prince moves into a small inn so he can enjoy some skiing in private -- and delay the conference. One morning he meets Lili on the slopes and they hit it off; but she has no idea her "Rudy" is the Prince. That evening Lili is seen leaving the Prince's car, having been given a ride home by her beau, a cousin of the Prince's chauffeur. Tongues wag and Lili is thought to be romantically involved with the Prince. This gets her lots of attention and a starring role in her own ice skating revue. But when she finds out people think she is involved with the Prince she is horrified, while Rudy is amused and plays along.
IMDb  6.5 /10
Director Sidney Lanfield
Writer Boris Ingster
Writer Milton Sperling
Writer Attila Orbók
Writer Milt Gross
Writer Wallace Sullivan
Release Date1937-04-01
Runtime1h 19mins
GenreComedy, Musical, Romance
Content RatingPassed (Passed)
AwardsNominated for 1 Oscar.
CompanyTwentieth Century Fox

Thin Ice (1937 film)

Thin Ice is a 1937 American comedy/romance film directed by Sidney Lanfield and starring Tyrone Power and figure skater Sonja Henie.


The plot follows skate instructor Lili Heiser (Henie), who works at a local luxury hotel in the Swiss Alps. She falls in love with a man who goes skiing every morning (Power). She thinks he's an everyday tourist, not knowing that he's a prince trying to escape the pressures of royal life.

The movie showcased Sonja Henie's skating talents. After winning gold in the 1928, 1932 and 1936 Winter Olympics, Henie became a professional film actress in 1936.

The film also features Tyrone Power in the beginnings of his career.


The movie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Dance Direction for the 'Prince Igor Suite'.

Filmink called it "Very light but fun."