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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 4 January 1954 (Japan)
Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.

Director:

Anthony Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Glenn Miller
June Allyson ... Helen Burger
Harry Morgan ... Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
Charles Drake ... Don Haynes
George Tobias ... Si Schribman
Barton MacLane ... General Arnold
Sig Ruman ... Kranz
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Miller
James Bell ... Mr. Burger
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Miller
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren)
Frances Langford ... Frances Langford
Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong
Ben Pollack ... Ben Pollack
Gene Krupa ... Gene Krupa
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Storyline

The unemployed trombone player Glenn Miller is always broken, chasing his sound to form his band and hocking his instrument in the pawn house to survive. When his friend Chummy MacGregor is hired to play in the band of Ben Pollack, the band-leader listens to one Glenn's composition and invites him to join his band. While traveling to New York, Glenn visits his former girlfriend Helen Berger, in Boulder, Colorado, and asks her to wait for him. Two years later he quits the band and proposes Helen that moves to New York to marry him. After the success of "Moonlight Serenade", Glenn Miller's band becomes worldwide known and Glenn and Helen and their two children have a very comfortable life. Duting the World War II, Glenn enlists in the army and travels to Europe to increase the moral of the allied troops. In the Christmas of 1944, he travels from London to Paris for a concert to be broadcast; however his plane is never found in the tragic flight. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It was a time that changed the world. And one man put it to music. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Música y lágrimas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Stereo (1985 re-release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

20th Century-Fox was rumored to be planning a film on the life of Glenn Miller in early 1942. "Betty Grable will play the femme lead." (Ken Morgan's Hollywood Keyhole," The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Sunday 8 February 1942, Volume 48, page 16.) This project was not made. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie, Helen, Si and Chummy are listening to the Glenn Miller Band's radio broadcast. Chummy MacGregor and Si Schribman are standing next to the radio in Helen's living room and Chummy is resting his hand on Si's right shoulder. In the next shot, Chummy's hand is no longer on Si's shoulder - it is hanging down between the two men. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Helen Burger: Honestly!
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Alternate Versions

Most current prints in circulation are the slightly shortened 113-minute 1959 re-release version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Chicken or Beef? (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Played during the opening credits
Also sung during a stage show
Played occasionally throughout the picture
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Really, truly, one of the best!
2 January 1999 | by mommishSee all my reviews

"The Glenn Miller Story" appears on cable-TV from time to time. It is an historically accurate piece about a beloved man whose music defined an era.

Miller is portrayed as a gracious and kind man -- an officer and a gentleman. We see Jimmy Stewart's affectionate portrayal of this simple man who spent his short musical career searching for a particular sound. The results got the whole world dancing to his new beat: Swing! The music in this movie will surely get you on your feet!

The driving force in Glenn Miller's life was his love for his wife, Helen, amicably played by June Allyson.

A "must-see", movie classic. Be sure to bring a hanky!


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