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Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 29 August 1941 (USA)
When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.

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Robert Ellis (screenplay), Helen Logan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sonja Henie ... Karen Benson
John Payne ... Ted Scott
Glenn Miller ... Phil Corey
Milton Berle ... Nifty Allen
Lynn Bari ... Vivian Dawn
Joan Davis ... Miss Carstairs
The Nicholas Brothers ... Specialty (as Nicholas Brothers)
William B. Davidson ... Murray (as William Davidson)
Dorothy Dandridge ... Specialty
Almira Sessions ... Nurse
Mel Ruick Mel Ruick ... Band Leader
Ralph Dunn ... Customs Officer
Chester Clute ... Process Server
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Storyline

A publicity stunt for the Dartmouth Troubadours band gets complicated when the Norwegian refugee their pianist Ted Scott has announced he will be taking in turns out to be fully grown Karen Benson. When his girlfriend realises that Karen and Ted are spending an awful lot of time together on the ski slopes at the band's venue, things start to turn very frosty. Written by J-26

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Taglines:

SERENADE...IS STILL THE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN MUSICAL JOY! (1964 re-release poster-all caps)) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adoptiertes Glück See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was Sonja Henie's last substantial box-office hit. Her remaining four Hollywood vehicles, Iceland (1942), Wintertime (1943), It's a Pleasure (1945) and The Countess of Monte Cristo (1948), would have diminished financial returns. Miss Henie's final feature, the British-made London Calling (1960), was not released in the U.S. See more »

Goofs

At Ellis Island, when the couple picks up their refugee, the little boys says "God dag" but his lips say "Hello". See more »

Quotes

Ted Scott: Look, I said I'd take a child, I didn't say I'd take a... well, she's too big for her age!
Customs Officer: Is that your signature?
Ted Scott: Well, sure, but...
Customs Officer: She's a refugee like the rest, and right here, you guarantee that you'll take good care of her, and that she'll not become a public charge. She's your responsibility now Mister.
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Connections

Spoofed in Young Frankenstein (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Why (and So Do You)
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday) and The Modernaires, then John Payne
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Great Fun
25 February 2005 | by beatleman6See all my reviews

Caught this one on AMC before it went commercial. What a warm, family film. While I have never seen another Sonje Henie movie, I found her to be irresistible. It was also great to see John Payne playing the light comedic leading man. Of course, the music of Glenn Miller would be the highlight of any movie. The version of I Know Why (and So Do You) contained in the film is quite different from the versions you hear on Glenn Miller compilations and in my opinion is much better. (This version is also the one used in the 90's film Memphis Belle). Add great skating sequences, musical interludes, and wonderful locations and you have a fun-filled way to spend an afternoon.


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