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Sun Valley Serenade (1941)

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.

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Robert Ellis (screenplay), Helen Logan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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ONE OF YOUR ALL-TIME MUSICAL HIGHS! (1964 re-release poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adoptiertes Glück See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sonja Henie wanted to have three ice skating production numbers, but only two were finished and included in the film. Darryl F. Zanuck would only allow a third if Henie would pay the production costs for it, which she refused. See more »

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(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 »

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Featured in Biography: The Nicholas Brothers: Flying High (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

It Happened in Sun Valley
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyric by Mack Gordon
Performed by "first band"
Sung by Lynn Bari (dubbed by Pat Friday), later sung by entire Glenn Miller and His Orchestra including all vocalists except Ray Eberle
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Unbelievably enjoyable brain fluff, on ice
22 December 2001 | by wall17See all my reviews

What's not to like about the movie? The great soundtrack, featuring then-new now-classic Glen Miller orchestra sounds? The bubbly Sonja Henie in a completely agreeable innocuous script? The same Miss Henie gamely trying to sing a few bars here and there? John Payne (Miracle on 34th Street) crooning in alternation with the song stylings of Lynn Bari? The amazingly young Uncle Miltie Berle playing the second man? Dorothy Dandridge in her prime, singing "Chattanooga Choo Choo" with full orchestral accompaniment, and the Nicholas Brothers doing a dance to boot? The skiing, the skating, the soundstage snow shenanigans?

Answer: nada. One of the lesser known (possibly because of the short running time and limited number of songs, but probably just because it's black and white and incredibly quaint), but absolutely classic movie musicals.


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