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    Quote Originally Posted by karina1974
    What's this "Suspense" thing you mention? She was never in a movie by that name that I know of.
    Here's an excerpt of a London newspaper on her obituary.

    Belita was given a contract by Monogram, and though her movies had slim plots, the lavish production numbers on ice made them popular fare, and in 1946 she was entrusted with the leading role in Frank Tuttle's Suspense. 'It was the film I most enjoyed making,' she recalled. 'It was the first film in which certain camera angles were used, and it was photographed by Karl Struss, who was incredible.'

    It was a steamy tale, scripted by Philip Yordan in James Cain fashion, of infidelity, deceit and murder, boosted by lavish skating routines (in the most suspenseful of which, Belita had to jump through a circle of knives). Her skating skill masked any deficiencies as an actress. Her co-star, Barry Sullivan, recalled,


    You could think about googling yourself once in a while. BTW, if you can get a tape of that film, let me know.

    Uh, you never saw Ice Castles, did you? And Lynn-Holly Johnson WAS a skater before starring in that movie.
    Nope. Watched War and Peace instead. I outgrew skating movies.



    Well, ALL of the prominent skaters before Dick Button and Barbara Ann Scott emerged in the late 1940's were European. North American skaters had won a few silvers and bronzes but no Olympic titles until 1948. That proves my point about Sonja, that she really began pushing skating's popularity on this side of the Atlantic back in the 1930's. All of the skaters during the USA's Golden Age of Skating (1948-1960) are arguably products of Sonja Henie's popularity in this country.
    Sonja Henie was a European!!! and a good business woman. Should she have tried Pinewood Studios in London?

    Anyway, Belita was special for me.

    Joe

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    The IMDB listing for Suspense does not list Henie among the cast

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039000/fullcredits

    or the movie among Henie's other films:

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0377012/

    Weird.

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    Sonja Henie wasn't in Suspense but (as Joe says) her successor in the skating movies, "Belita" (AKA Gladys Jepson-Turner) was.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...968933,00.html

    Belita was 16th in the 1936 Olympics, competing for Britain (Henie was first), and -- like Henie -- went on to fame and fortune in Hollywood.

    MM
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    Doh!

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    Henie was a star long after retiring from skating, in fact pretty much right up until her premature death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hockeyfan228
    The IMDB listing for Suspense does not list Henie among the cast

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0039000/fullcredits

    or the movie among Henie's other films:

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0377012/

    Weird.
    Whatever IMDB is, it should not have listed Henie. Suspense was about her movie rival, Belita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman
    Sonja Henie wasn't in Suspense but (as Joe says) her successor in the skating movies, "Belita" (AKA Gladys Jepson-Turner) was.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...968933,00.html

    Belita was 16th in the 1936 Olympics, competing for Britain (Henie was first), and -- like Henie -- went on to fame and fortune in Hollywood.

    MM
    One of those articles mentioned Belita as saying that all the athletes HAD to salute Hitler in Garmisch. Sonia got a bad rap for that because being the favorite figure skater, they took newsreels of her salute.

    I liked Belita more than Henie but don't tell any Henie fans that.

    If anyone can find a tape of Suspense, please let us all know. Once this forum sees it, there will be pages and pages of pro and cons about Belita and Sasha over flexibility.

    Oh, before I forget, I want Michelle to do the remake of Suspense as a TV Movie of the Week. Can you see MK in afilm noir ? She'll get an Emmie just for doing her falling leaf through the circle of daggers!!

    Joe
    Last edited by Joesitz; 06-13-2006 at 05:51 PM.

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