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Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 29 August 1941 (USA)
When Phil Corey's band arrives at the Idaho ski resort its pianist Ted Scott is smitten with a Norwegian refugee he has sponsored, Karen Benson. When soloist Vivian Dawn quits, Karen stages an ice show as a substitute.


Robert Ellis (screen play), Helen Logan (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Sonja Henie ... Karen Benson
John Payne ... Ted Scott
Glenn Miller ... Phil Corey
Milton Berle ... Nifty Allen
Lynn Bari ... Vivian Dawn
Joan Davis ... Miss Carstairs
The Nicholas Brothers ... Specialty (as Nicholas Brothers)
William B. Davidson ... Murray (as William Davidson)
Dorothy Dandridge ... Specialty
Almira Sessions ... Nurse
Mel Ruick Mel Ruick ... Band Leader
Ralph Dunn ... Customs Officer
Chester Clute ... Process Server
Glenn Miller and His Orchestra ... The Dartmouth Troubadours


A publicity stunt for the Dartmouth Troubadours band gets complicated when the Norwegian refugee their pianist Ted Scott has announced he will be taking in turns out to be fully grown Karen Benson. When his girlfriend realises that Karen and Ted are spending an awful lot of time together on the ski slopes at the band's venue, things start to turn very frosty. Written by J-26

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SERENADE...IS STILL THE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN MUSICAL JOY! (1964 re-release poster-all caps)) See more »


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Did You Know?


When this film was starting production, Sonja Henie's contract with 20th Century-Fox was about to expire, and studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, who loathed contract negotiations with the savvy and self confident skater, couldn't wait to see her depart Fox. But this film proved to be a huge box office hit, and the Fox board of directors insisted Henie sign for a minimum of two more movies. Both of Henie's follow up films, Iceland (1942) and Wintertime (1943), were box office failures, and Zanuck and Henie finally parted ways in 1943. See more »


(at around 19 mins) Ted Scott opens a door and the wall of a completely different room is shown outside to the room featured in the next shot. See more »


Ted Scott: Look, I said I'd take a child, I didn't say I'd take a... well, she's too big for her age!
Customs Officer: Is that your signature?
Ted Scott: Well, sure, but...
Customs Officer: She's a refugee like the rest, and right here, you guarantee that you'll take good care of her, and that she'll not become a public charge. She's your responsibility now Mister.
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I Know Why (and So Do You)
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday) and The Modernaires, then John Payne
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Entertaining, funny, and light romance
7 January 2002 | by craig_smith9See all my reviews

What a simply fantastic movie. A chance to see Glenn Miller and his orchestra and Sonja Heine both in their prime. The music is all toe-stepping and the dance routines keep you enthralled. Plus you get to see Sonja who was considered the best skater at the time. A movie that is both entertaining and gives you a chance to look back in time to see some truly great entertainers. This would best be described as a light, romantic comedy and it does have it moments. John Payne comes close to slapstick when he tries to sleep in two chairs. Milton Berle uses his time on the screen to great advantage. If this had been in color the scenes actually filmed in Sun Valley would have really been spectacular. Even in black and white the grandeur comes through. This one can be seen many times.

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English | Norwegian

Release Date:

29 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sun Valley Serenade See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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