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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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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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

When the band is playing Chattanooga Choo Choo, the bass player goes back and forth wearing sunglasses, then regular glasses. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Helen Burger: Honestly!
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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

Pennsylvania 6-5000
(uncredited)
Music by Jerry Gray
Lyrics by Carl Sigman
Performed by the orchestra at the anniversary celebration
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User Reviews

 
Endearing biopic without achieving greatness.
4 March 2008 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

This is a very tidy film, it's got intelligence, integrity, and above all else...it doesn't merely rely on great tunes to pass as a Glen Miller story. Perhaps guilty of not fully fleshing out Miller's workaholic pursuit of the life changing sound, it manages to portray very well the grind of being on the road, and essentially it doesn't soft soap the defining moment of Miller's career as the swing sound is literally stumbled upon by accident.

James Stewart plays it safe as houses as Miller, it's perfect casting when you think that Miller was such a big household name, something of an American treasure it would seem. Though it should be noted that historians say that the sweet Glen Miller portrayed by James Stewart is not quite in keeping with the real man's persona. Regardless of any character liberty taken, director Anthony Mann crafts a very watchable tale, Stewart and the ever watchable June Allyson as Helen Miller ensure it's a very professional piece, and I dare anyone to not start tapping their feet to those wonderful tunes, but I still think that we are waiting for the definitive Glen Miller picture, some 50 odd years later. As for the ending? Well if it's played out as fact then it's a wonderful finale, but if the makers shoehorned "Little Brown Jug" into the end purely for romanticism? Well that could be construed as dangerously sugar coating what should be a sombre ending to the story. 6.5/10


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