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Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

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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 ...
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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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ONE OF YOUR ALL-TIME MUSICAL HIGHS! (1964 re-release poster-all caps) See more »


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29 August 1941 (USA)  »

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Adoptiertes Glück  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Heard twice in the background, "At Last" (music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Mack Gordon) did not receive an on-screen performance, the footage having been cut. In Glenn Miller's follow-up movie, Orchestra Wives (1942), the lush ballad (which became a standard) was sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday) and Ray Eberle, who were backed by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra featuring Bobby Hackett (playing trumpet for George Montgomery). 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 »


Referenced in Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988) 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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Unbelievably enjoyable brain fluff, on ice
22 December 2001 | by (Somewhere in Soho) – See all my reviews

What's not to like about the movie? The great soundtrack, featuring then-new now-classic Glen Miller orchestra sounds? The bubbly Sonja Henie in a completely agreeable innocuous script? The same Miss Henie gamely trying to sing a few bars here and there? John Payne (Miracle on 34th Street) crooning in alternation with the song stylings of Lynn Bari? The amazingly young Uncle Miltie Berle playing the second man? Dorothy Dandridge in her prime, singing "Chattanooga Choo Choo" with full orchestral accompaniment, and the Nicholas Brothers doing a dance to boot? The skiing, the skating, the soundstage snow shenanigans?

Answer: nada. One of the lesser known (possibly because of the short running time and limited number of songs, but probably just because it's black and white and incredibly quaint), but absolutely classic movie musicals.

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