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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Glenn Miller
... Helen Burger
... Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
... Don Haynes
... Si Schribman
... General Arnold
... Kranz
... Mr. Miller
... Mr. Burger
... Mrs. Miller
... Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren)
... Frances Langford
... Louis Armstrong
... Ben Pollack
... Gene Krupa
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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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Música y lágrimas  »

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

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Trivia

The band, while playing "In the Mood", is wearing what was called "ike jackets" which were introduced in 1944. James Stewart is wearing the officers' Class A uniform. See more »

Goofs

The reed blend wasn't suddenly "discovered" in a single incident. Miller initially experimented with using a clarinet lead when he was arranging for Ray Noble's US band but it took almost three years for him to develop at the final voicing. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Helen Burger: Honestly!
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Chicken or Beef? (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Good Night, Ladies
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played by Pollack's band in New York
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Great Movie about Glen Miller and his music!
3 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a great movie about Glen Miller and his music. Jimmy Stewart does a superb playing the part of Glen Miller. June Allyson and Henry Morgan do great in this movie as well. You get to see and hear some great musicians like Louie Armstrong. You also get to hear lots of Glen Miller music like "Little Brown Jug," "Moonlight Serenade," "Pennsylvania 6-5000," "In the Mood," "String of Pearls." "America Patrol," and more. One of my favorite part in the movie is when Glen Miller and the band are in Enland playing "In the Mood" and a German V-1 buzz bomb flies by and explodes. Everone runs for cover except for the band, they continued to play.


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