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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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Helen Berger
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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 ...
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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. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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band | trombone | plane | bandleader | concert | See more »

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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)  »

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The Glenn Miller Story  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Among those attending the premiere of the film was Glenn Miller's mother, who thought the film good enough, but opined that her son was better-looking than James Stewart. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where James Stewart and June Allyson arrive in their car and are hounded by fans for autographs, one of the eager fans accidentally smashes into Allyson's head prompting her to hold her hand up to her face while she smiles. See more »

Quotes

Glenn Miller: 'bought you a present for your birthday.
Glenn Miller: My birthday? That isn't until next November.
Glenn Miller: This is for your last birthday...
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Chicken or Beef? (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

I Know Why (and So Do You)
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics Mack Gordon
Performed by the band when trying out the new configuration
Also played during the newspaper/record montage
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A Quest for a Sound
24 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Glenn Miller Story is a biographical tribute to a man who is always ranked as one of the great swing bandleaders of the late thirties to middle forties era. It is indeed fortunate that when James Stewart puts a pair of glasses on, he does actually look like the real Glenn Miller. I don't know what Helen Miller looked like, but I'm sure she was as supportive to her husband as June Allyson was to her screen hubby.

The Miller story begins with Stewart and pal Harry Morgan on the road as musicians. Stewart plays a slide trombone and has ideas of how the orchestra should sound as a whole. He spends a lot of time writing arrangements for the entire band. When they're not done right as is graphically shown in a scene when Miller's famous Moonlight Serenade is performed, he decides to form his own band.

He's still looking for that particular sound that he wants his orchestra to have and he chances on it in one of the more interesting scenes in the film. Swing fans when they hear it will recognize it as the genuine Glenn Miller.

One glaring fault for purists though is while the instrumentals are performed nicely, the vocal part of the Miller band is left out of the film. For whatever reason singers, Ray Eberle, Marian Hutton (Betty's sister)and most of all Gordon "Tex" Beneke are not in the film. In fact Chattanooga Choo Choo, Beneke's most famous number, is performed in the film by Frances Langford as herself.

My favorite scene in the film is the nightclub scene in Harlem on the Miller wedding night. June was definitely a patient wife, but hey, if you got a chance to jam with Louis Armstrong, you drop EVERYTHING for that opportunity. Gene Krupa and other top jazz musicians are in that scene with Stewart and Satchmo, making it a real treat for jazz aficionados.

For American music we are indeed fortunate that Glenn Miller succeeded in his quest for the right sound which is so lovingly captured in this film.


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