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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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Louis Armstrong
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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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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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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

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

Referenced in A Soldier's Story (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Played during the opening credits
Also sung during a stage show
Played occasionally throughout the picture
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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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