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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

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The biography of the Bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944, with a lot of his arangements, partly in an authentic cast.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Helen Burger
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Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
Charles Drake ...
Don Haynes
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Si Schribman
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General Arnold
Sig Ruman ...
Kranz
Irving Bacon ...
Mr. Miller
James Bell ...
Mr. Burger
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Miller
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren)
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Frances Langford
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Ben Pollack ...
Ben Pollack-Band Leader
Gene Krupa ...
Band Member
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Storyline

The biography of the Bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944, with a lot of his arangements, partly in an authentic cast. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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See it and Hear it as Never Before [1980 re-release] See more »


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4 January 1954 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Die Glenn Miller Story  »

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

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

An RCA Victor 10-inch album of eight Miller originals, recorded between 1939 and 1943, called "Glenn Miller Plays Selections From The Glenn Miller Story," reached number one on the "Billboard" album chart in May 1954. With four cuts added, a 12-inch LP, retitled "Glenn Miller Plays Selections From The Glenn Miller Story And Other Hits," was released in 1956. The expanded disc went on to become a Certified Gold Album in 1961. See more »

Goofs

In one scene when Glenn and Helen are discussing if he should quit his band job and continue his formal music studies, Glen begins the process of tying his necktie and is not wearing a jacket. The next time we see him - about 6 seconds later - his tie is done and he has on a suit jacket. See more »

Quotes

Glenn Miller: Alright, alright, let's have the five saxes right in there...
Si Schribman: *Five* saxes?
Glenn Miller: And the trombones, right on the left here, over there, right in there, and the four trumpets right behind them...
Si Schribman: Four Trombones and Four Trumpets! When they get playing, what's gonna hold the roof on?
Sy's Assistant: He's trying five saxes with a trumpet lead.
Si Schribman: Maybe it's good and maybe it ain't, but it's radical!
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Connections

References Orchestra Wives (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

In the Mood
(uncredited)
Music by Joe Garland
Lyrics by Andy Razaf
Heard when Glenn is writing arrangements at the piano
Also performed by the orchestra at the ballroom
Also performed by the orchestra during the radio broadcast
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A competent musical heart warmer!

It is said that Miller could never remember precisely the moment he decided to emphasize his new reed section sound... But it was during this disheartening interim, that he realized the unique sound, produced by the clarinet holding the melodic line while the tenor sax plays the same note, and supported harmonically by three other saxophones - just might be the individual and easily recognizable style that would set his band apart from all the rest...

Photographed in color, Anthony Mann's 'The Glenn Miller Story' is purely a time trip to those years, when Glenn Miller's band ruled the record charts and anchored the airwaves... The film, beautifully captured Miller's spirit and follows his life story with reasonable fidelity... It is one of the most charming and touching musical biography...

Appearing in glasses and winning grin, Stewart kisses Allyson, holding her face lightly with his fingers, the same way he detains his trombone slide... Stewart applied his natural musical expertise, playing on the trombone... Miller's style was there. The original sound was there. The real music was there. The mix was there...

The film traces Miller's romance and marriage to his college sweetheart, Helen Burger, and his progress from a free-lance trombonist and arranger to band leader...

The pop music styles of '20s sweet and jazz bands were getting ready for the Big Band or Swing era of the '30s... About this time, Miller began writing charts that would one day to be his band's stock in fame, the clarinet "lead" sound over the saxophones... Miller's imagination, strong will, and determination kept his aspirations alive.. His music, a careful mixture of swing, jazz, and improvisation, flowed like spring with matchless string of hit records ( "Moonlight Serenade," "String of Pearls," "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Little Brown Jug," "In the Mood," & "Chattanooga Choo Choo," among others...

The constant impact of radio broadcasts, and the drawing power at dance pavilions built and sustained the momentum of Miller's popularity...

June Allyson, who regularly played the little, lip-quivering waiting wife, again she is the petite and husky-voiced woman who, once married, is supportive and inspirational.. She finances Glenn what he needs to start his own band... Her scenes with Stewart have such a natural, easy-going on the screen, that we get completely drawn into their lives... Also featuring in the film are such legendary figures as Frances Langford, Gene Krupa, and Louis Armstrong...

With its unique jazz sound, 'The Glenn Miller Story' is a competent musical heart warmer with a well-cast star and successful reproduction of the Miller sound...


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