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The Glenn Miller Story (1954)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 4 January 1954 (Japan)
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 arrangements, 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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Herself
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Himself
Ben Pollack ...
Himself
Gene Krupa ...
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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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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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

There are several instances of musicians being out of sync with the playback. 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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Connections

Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #9.17 (1976) 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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Great Movie about Glen Miller and his music!
3 April 2005 | by (Yakima, WA-United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a great movie about Glen Miller and his music. Jimmy Stewart does a superb playing the part of Glen Miller. June Allyson and Henry Morgan do great in this movie as well. You get to see and hear some great musicians like Louie Armstrong. You also get to hear lots of Glen Miller music like "Little Brown Jug," "Moonlight Serenade," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," "In the Mood," "String of Pearls." "America Patrol," and more. One of my favorite part in the movie is when Glen Miller and the band are in Enland playing "In the Mood" and a German V-1 buzz bomb flies by and explodes. Everone runs for cover except for the band, they continued to play.


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