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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.

Director:

Anthony Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Glenn Miller
June Allyson ... Helen Burger
Harry Morgan ... Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
Charles Drake ... Don Haynes
George Tobias ... Si Schribman
Barton MacLane ... General Arnold
Sig Ruman ... Kranz
Irving Bacon ... Mr. Miller
James Bell ... Mr. Burger
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Miller
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren)
Frances Langford ... Frances Langford
Louis Armstrong ... Louis Armstrong
Ben Pollack ... Ben Pollack
Gene Krupa ... Gene Krupa
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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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Música y lágrimas See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The last three-strip Technicolor film released by an American studio in a dye imbibition print. See more »

Goofs

Pennsylvania 6-5000 is presented as the phone number of a house where Glenn is staying. It actually was (and still is) the number of the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City, where the band performed at the Café Rouge. See more »

Quotes

Glenn Miller: Alright, alright, let's have the five saxes right in there...
Si Schribman: *Five* saxes?
Glenn Miller: And the trombones, right on the left here, over there, right in there, and the four trumpets right behind them...
Si Schribman: Four trombones and four trumpets! When they get playing, what's gonna hold the roof on?
Si's Assistant: He's trying five saxes with a trumpet lead.
Si Schribman: Maybe it's good and maybe it ain't, but it's radical!
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Alternate Versions

Most current prints in circulation are the slightly shortened 113-minute 1959 re-release version. See more »

Connections

References Orchestra Wives (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played during the Christmas scene
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One of those classics!
19 December 2001 | by menakaSee all my reviews

Were Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson made for the movie,or what?!

Great movie,lovely music!One of those movies that make you feel good all over,with a beautiful blend if wit,emotion and the Blues!What is even more impressive is the use of African American actors,considering the movie was made in 1954.The Jimmy and June combination evokes the chemistry of a Kate and Spencer movie.A true classic in every way,I'd watch it again in a heartbeat!


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