Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Music, Romance  |  29 August 1941 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Phil Corey
Nifty Allen
Lynn Bari ...
Vivian Dawn
Miss Carstairs
The Nicholas Brothers ...
Specialty (as Nicholas Brothers)
William B. Davidson ...
Murray (as William Davidson)
Almira Sessions ...
Mel Ruick ...
Band Leader
Ralph Dunn ...
Customs Officer
Chester Clute ...
Process Server


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 Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

29 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Adoptiertes Glück  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The World Is Waiting to Waltz Again" by Harry Warren and Al Dubin, was recorded by John Payne, but not used in the film, as was another number, "I'm Lena, the Ballerina" recorded and filmed by Joan Davis. See more »


(at around 19 mins) Ted Scott opens a door and we briefly see the wall of a completely different room outside to the room featured in the next shot. See more »


References Young Dr. Kildare (1938) See more »


In the Mood
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Joe Garland
Arranged by Eddie Durham
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Tenor Sax Battle between Tex Beneke and Al Klink
Hot Trumpet Solo by Billy May
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Forget the skating; this is Sonja Henie at her sensual best!
4 April 2003 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

John Payne, one of those often underated actors who turn up with regularity in the 1940s, makes a good partner for the sensuous Sonja Henie in this entertaining big band romp in the snow. I've lost count of the number of times I've watched this movie but still delight in the sight and sound of the race down the mountain and of course the brilliant Nicholas Brothers. A good supporting cast and faultless production values makes this movie one to remember.

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