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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 4 January 1954 (Japan)
Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.

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Cast

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Helen Burger
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Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
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Don Haynes
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Si Schribman
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General Arnold
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Kranz
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Mr. Miller
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Mr. Burger
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Miller
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren)
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Herself
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Himself
Ben Pollack ...
Himself
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Himself
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Storyline

The unemployed trombone player Glenn Miller is always broken, chasing his sound to form his band and hocking his instrument in the pawn house to survive. When his friend Chummy MacGregor is hired to play in the band of Ben Pollack, the band-leader listens to one Glenn's composition and invites him to join his band. While traveling to New York, Glenn visits his former girlfriend Helen Berger, in Boulder, Colorado, and asks her to wait for him. Two years later he quits the band and proposes Helen that moves to New York to marry him. After the success of "Moonlight Serenade", Glenn Miller's band becomes worldwide known and Glenn and Helen and their two children have a very comfortable life. Duting the World War II, Glenn enlists in the army and travels to Europe to increase the moral of the allied troops. In the Christmas of 1944, he travels from London to Paris for a concert to be broadcast; however his plane is never found in the tragic flight. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It was a time that changed the world. And one man put it to music. See more »


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4 January 1954 (Japan)  »

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Música y lágrimas  »

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

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2.00 : 1
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Trivia

The mystery of Glenn Miller's disappearance may have been resolved in recent years by the discovery of an RAF pilot's flight log. He was part of a flight returning from an aborted bombing raid that was ordered to drop their unused bombs over the Channel. A small plane was observed straying into their path and was destroyed. That plane is now believed to be Miller's. See more »

Goofs

When leaving at the airport, Glenn puts down his trombone on the left and his valise on the right to say goodbye to Helen and his children. After the goodbyes he picks up the trombone on his right and his valise on the left. See more »

Quotes

Helen Berger Miller: [recurrent line] Honestly!
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Connections

References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Adios
(uncredited)
Music by Enric Madriguera
Played when Down Beat magazine proclaims Glenn Miller "Tops for 3rd Year in Row"
Also played on the phonograph when Helen and Chummy are talking
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Endearing biopic without achieving greatness.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a very tidy film, it's got intelligence, integrity, and above all else...it doesn't merely rely on great tunes to pass as a Glen Miller story. Perhaps guilty of not fully fleshing out Miller's workaholic pursuit of the life changing sound, it manages to portray very well the grind of being on the road, and essentially it doesn't soft soap the defining moment of Miller's career as the swing sound is literally stumbled upon by accident.

James Stewart plays it safe as houses as Miller, it's perfect casting when you think that Miller was such a big household name, something of an American treasure it would seem. Though it should be noted that historians say that the sweet Glen Miller portrayed by James Stewart is not quite in keeping with the real man's persona. Regardless of any character liberty taken, director Anthony Mann crafts a very watchable tale, Stewart and the ever watchable June Allyson as Helen Miller ensure it's a very professional piece, and I dare anyone to not start tapping their feet to those wonderful tunes, but I still think that we are waiting for the definitive Glen Miller picture, some 50 odd years later. As for the ending? Well if it's played out as fact then it's a wonderful finale, but if the makers shoehorned "Little Brown Jug" into the end purely for romanticism? Well that could be construed as dangerously sugar coating what should be a sombre ending to the story. 6.5/10


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