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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.

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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 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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

During the last skating sequence the ice was dyed black to add drama to the segment. The ice showed skate marks badly so it was covered with a layer of liquid dye to hide the marks. This can be seen by the splashing in fast turns. Near the end the liquid is starting to freeze and skate marks are visible. See more »

Goofs

(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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

Followed by Orchestra Wives (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Performed as instrumental by Glenn Miller and His Orchestra
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Great Fun
25 February 2005 | by beatleman6See all my reviews

Caught this one on AMC before it went commercial. What a warm, family film. While I have never seen another Sonje Henie movie, I found her to be irresistible. It was also great to see John Payne playing the light comedic leading man. Of course, the music of Glenn Miller would be the highlight of any movie. The version of I Know Why (and So Do You) contained in the film is quite different from the versions you hear on Glenn Miller compilations and in my opinion is much better. (This version is also the one used in the 90's film Memphis Belle). Add great skating sequences, musical interludes, and wonderful locations and you have a fun-filled way to spend an afternoon.


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