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)  »

Also Known As:

Adoptiertes Glück  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Said to have been Adolf Hitler's favorite American film along with King Kong (1933) and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). See more »


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Chattanooga Choo Choo
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Performed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
Sung by Tex Beneke, Paula Kelly, and The Modernaires, then danced and sung by The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge
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27 February 1999 | by (Independence, Missouri) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie if you like the big band sound. The story line is quite simple, 2 girls vying for the attention of 1 boy. Some of it is filmed on location in Sun Valley, Idaho about 1940.

The movie is filled with big band music, featuring Glenn Miller and his band. The big number is Chattanooga Choo-Choo and includes a dance number by the Nicholas Brothers. Seeing Milton Berle and Joan Davis as youngsters is very enjoyable.

I was not born until many years after this movie was made, but I find it nostalgic anyway. It has a lot more music as well and a lot of skating by Sonja Henie.

I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the big band sound.

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