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

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In perhaps the film's most notorious goof for the sake of dramatic license, Miller's famed swing instrumental of "Little Brown Jug" is depicted in the closing scene as a "special arrangement" Glenn created for a Christmas 1944 radio broadcast by Miller's AAF Band from Paris. In fact, it was one of the real Miller Band's first bona fide hits in 1939, arranged by the recently hired Bill Finegan, who became, along with arranger Jerry Gray, two of the key behind-the-scenes craftsmen that helped mold Miller's civilian band into the enduring commercial and artistic powerhouse it became. 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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Soundtracks

At Last
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played by the orchestra while Glenn and Helen are in the control booth
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Glenn Miller Story-Forever in the Mood ***
9 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Glenn Miller's rise to fame and the tragedy that took him from us at the height of his career makes for a wonderfully entertaining film.

This film is rich because of the wonderful performances of James Stewart as the band leader and June Allyson, the latter was just made for the picture. She captures the depth of a devoted wife and we all can just cry with her when her happiness was ended so suddenly.

Naturally, the supporting cast of musicians and scenes with Frances Langford, Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa are just wonderful.

We view Miller from humble beginnings to stardom, the old-fashioned Hollywood Way-he earned it by hard work and perseverance as he went through life looking for that sound.

My main flaw with this film. Just like Miller's life, it ended too suddenly. It could have gone on and on while we all danced the night away in tribute to this find musician.

Ever Harry Morgan's tear in the end tells you what this was all about.


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