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
The orange "street car" that is shown behind James Stewart when he is outside the pawn shop at the beginning of the film is the now defunct "Angels Flight". Angels Flight was a landmark 2'6" (762 mm) narrow-gauge funicular railway in the Bunker Hill district of downtown Los Angeles, California. The Angels Flight tracks connected Hill Street and Olive Street. It operated from 1901 until it was closed in 1969, when its site was cleared for redevelopment. See more »
At a performance at a British airfield early in Miller's Army Air Corps, in the hangar behind a B-17, engine nacelles housing the B-29's Wright R-3350 Duplex Cyclone engines can be seen. No aircraft using these engines were in the Eastern Theater of Operations in WWII. See more »
Alright, alright, let's have the five saxes right in there...
And the trombones, right on the left here, over there, right in there, and the four trumpets right behind them...
Four Trombones and Four Trumpets! When they get playing, what's gonna hold the roof on?
He's trying five saxes with a trumpet lead.
Maybe it's good and maybe it ain't, but it's radical!
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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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