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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1954 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Música y lágrimas See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)| Stereo (1985 re-release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In 1940 Glenn tells his father that they sold 800,000 records and got three cents apiece, this came to $24,000. This would be equivalent to about $393,600 today. See more »

Goofs

In perhaps the film's most notorious goof for the sake of dramatic license, Miller's famed swing instrumental of "Little Brown Jug" is depicted in the closing scene as a "special arrangement" Glenn created for a Christmas 1944 radio broadcast by Miller's AAF Band from Paris. In fact, it was one of the real Miller Band's first bona fide hits in 1939, arranged by the recently hired Bill Finegan, who became, along with arranger Jerry Gray, two of the key behind-the-scenes craftsmen that helped mold Miller's civilian band into the enduring commercial and artistic powerhouse it became. See more »

Quotes

Glenn Miller: Bought you a present for your birthday.
Helen Burger: My birthday? That isn't until next November.
Glenn Miller: This is for your last birthday...
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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 The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen
(uncredited)
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Played during the Christmas scene
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excellent biopic
22 March 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

James Stewart in one of his best roles of the 1950s playing the late bandleader in the embellished story of his life; June Allyson plays his wife – one of her best roles and I believe one of her personal favourites.

Watching the real Miller in ‘Orchestra Wives' and then watching this, Stewart is really a revelation in this role. All the hits of the band are represented – Moonlight Serenade, In The Mood, Tuxedo Junction, Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Pennsylvania 65000. Some artistic licence has been taken but the whole is funny, celebratory, and at the end fairly touching. One of the best Hollywood biopics, right in the middle of a glut of them (Love Me or Leave Me, With a Song In My Heart, The Eddy Duchin Story, Night and Day, Words and Music, Three Little Words …).


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