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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 overview, first billed only:
Helen Burger
Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
Don Haynes
Si Schribman
General Arnold
Mr. Miller
Mr. Burger
Kathleen Lockhart ...
Mrs. Miller
Katherine Warren ...
Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren)
Ben Pollack ...


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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Release Date:

4 January 1954 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Música y lágrimas  »

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



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2.00 : 1
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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 »


Towards the end of the movie, Helen, Si and Chummy are listening to the Glenn Miller Band's radio broadcast. Chummy MacGregor and Si Schribman are standing next to the radio in Helen's living room and Chummy is resting his hand on Si's right shoulder. In the next shot, Chummy's hand is no longer on Si's shoulder - it is hanging down between the two men. See more »


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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In the Mood
Music by Joe Garland
Lyrics by Andy Razaf and Wingy Manone
Heard when Glenn is writing arrangements at the piano
Also performed by the orchestra at the ballroom
Also performed by the orchestra during the radio broadcast
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excellent biopic
22 March 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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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