Bio of swing band leader 'Benny Goodman' from age 10 (1919) to his landmark Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938. Not exactly historically accurate, but great music. Also, guest appearances ... See full summary »
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
A non-goof. After Glenn Miller's disappearance there is a scene where Gen. Arnold discusses being the one to tell Helen the bad news, and he is congratulated on his recent promotion to five-star general. The promotion of Henry H. Arnold to the highest rank (alongside several other such promotions, such as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adm. Chester W. Nimitz) really did take place during the week immediately after Miller's plane went down on 15 December 1944. See more »
A newspaper states that the Glenn Miller band will be performing at the "Glenn Island Casino". In the next scene they show the casino, but the sign reads "Glen Island Casino". The second "n" in "Glenn" is missing. In reality, Glen Island Casino is spelled with a single "n". See more »
James Stewart in one of his best roles of the 1950s playing the late bandleader in the embellished story of his life; June Allyson plays his wife one of her best roles and I believe one of her personal favourites.
Watching the real Miller in Orchestra Wives' and then watching this, Stewart is really a revelation in this role. All the hits of the band are represented Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Pennsylvania 65000. Some artistic licence has been taken but the whole is funny, celebratory, and at the end fairly touching. One of the best Hollywood biopics, right in the middle of a glut of them (Love Me or Leave Me, With a Song In My Heart, The Eddy Duchin Story, Night and Day, Words and Music, Three Little Words ).
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