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Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

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

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Comedy | Music | Romance

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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 (1958), was not released in the U.S. See more »

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

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Edited into Myra Breckinridge (1970) See more »

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Moonlight Serenade
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Performed as instrumental by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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Mindless, wonderful entertainment
21 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can have all the glamour and pastels of the MGM musical - for sheer fun, give me the Fox musicals, especially this one, Sun Valley Serenade, starring John Payne, Sonja Henie, Glenn Miller, Lynn Bari and Milton Berle. For publicity, Nifty Allen (Berle), a band publicist, arranges for the band to adopt a refugee. When the refugee shows, she's a grown woman named Karen Benson (Henie) who immediately falls for her guardian, the bandleader, Ted (Payne). She connives her way into the train that's taking the band to Sun Valley, where she quickly gets in between Ted and the band's singer, Vivian Dawn (Lynn Bari) whose claws come out in full force.

"Sun Valley Serenade" is filled with skiing, Glenn Miller music, and Henje's fabulous skating. By 1941, Henje was starring in her own ice show, and her skating in this film looks less dated technically than it does in earlier films. And there's no one today who can come close to her spin sequences. I can't remember how it was done, but she skates on mirrored glass, and it looks great. This was an ideal role for Sonja - she gets to smile, skate and does not have to do anything too dramatic. Payne does well and sings pleasantly as her leading man.

One outstanding musical feature, "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," a Miller standard, is performed first by Tex Beneke and the Miller singers and then - brilliantly - by Dorothy Dandrige and the Nicholas Brothers. This alone makes the film worth watching.

Delightful.


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