The Glenn Miller Story ()

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Biography of bandleader Glenn Miller from his beginnings to his death over the English Channel in December 1944.


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Glenn Miller
Helen Burger
Chummy (as Henry Morgan)
Don Haynes
Si Schribman
General Arnold
Mr. Miller
Mr. Burger
Mrs. Miller
Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren)
Frances Langford
Louis Armstrong
Ben Pollack
Gene Krupa
The Modernaires ...
The Modernaires
The Archie Savage Dancers ...
The Archie Savage Dancers
Barney Bigard ...
Barney Bigard
James Young
Marty Napoleon
Arvell Shaw
Cozy Cole
Babe Russin ...
Babe Russin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cicily Carter ...
Bobbysoxer (uncredited)
Dispatch Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Trombonist in Glenn Miller Band (uncredited)
Steve Miller - Age 4 (uncredited)
Hal K. Dawson ...
Used Car Salesman (uncredited)
Ken DuMain ...
Club Patron (uncredited)
Bonnie Eddy ...
Irene Miller (uncredited)
Phil Garris ...
Joe Becker (uncredited)
Bobbysoxer (uncredited)
Bob Hamlin ...
Member of The Mellomen (uncredited)
Band Member (uncredited)
Young Singer (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Rolan Jones ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Paula Kelly ...
Singer (uncredited)
Bill Lee ...
Member of The Mellomen (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ...
Col. Spaulding, USAAF (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ...
Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ...
Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ...
Dr. Schillinger (uncredited)
Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Col. Baker (uncredited)
Lt. Col. Bassell (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ...
The Mellomen (uncredited)
Black Man (uncredited)
Polly Haynes (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ...
Auto Garage Repairman (uncredited)
Max Smith ...
Member of The Mellomen (uncredited)
Singing Group Member (uncredited)
Anthony Sydes ...
Herbert Miller (uncredited)
Deborah Sydes ...
Joanee Dee Miller (uncredited)
Paul Tanner ...
Trombonist in Glenn Miller Band (uncredited)
Nino Tempo ...
Wilber Schwartz (uncredited)
Maxie Thrower ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Carl Vernell ...
Musician Technician (uncredited)
Luree Wiese ...
Commuter (uncredited)
Adjutant General (uncredited)

Directed by

Anthony Mann

Written by

Valentine Davies ... (written by) and
Oscar Brodney ... (written by)

Produced by

Aaron Rosenberg ... producer

Music by

Henry Mancini ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

William H. Daniels ... director of photography (as William Daniels)

Film Editing by

Russell F. Schoengarth ... (as Russell Schoengarth)

Art Direction by

Alexander Golitzen
Bernard Herzbrun

Set Decoration by

Russell A. Gausman ... (set decorations)
Julia Heron ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

Jay A. Morley Jr. ... (gowns) (as Jay Morley Jr.)

Makeup Department

Joan St. Oegger ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

John Sherwood ... assistant director

Sound Department

Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Joe Lapis ... sound
William Anderson ... sound editor (uncredited)
Robert L. Bratton ... sound editor (uncredited)
Richard DeWeese ... sound mixer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Bill Johnson ... camera operator (uncredited)

Music Department

Joseph Gershenson ... musical director
Henry Mancini ... musical adaptation
Arnold Schwarzwald ... music editor
Robert Bain ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Conrad Gozzo ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Fred Kepner ... conductor: "The Airmen of Note" (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Additional Crew

William Fritzsche ... Technicolor color consultant
Don Haynes ... technical advisor
Chummy MacGregor ... technical consultant
Kenny Williams ... dance director

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines See it and Hear it as Never Before [1980 re-release] See more »
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Also Known As
  • Romance inachevée (France)
  • Música y lágrimas (Spain)
  • Onvoltooid levenslied (Belgium, Flemish title)
  • Música y Lágrimas (Chile)
  • Música y lágrimas (Mexico)
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  • 115 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia One of Glenn Miller's trombones is on display at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, OH, along with other Miller memorabilia. According to the display notes, the Miller estate allowed James Stewart to "play" this trombone in this film. Another trombone and additional memorabilia are displayed at the Glenn Miller Birthplace Museum in Clarinda, IA. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Basin Street Blues See more »
Quotes [repeated line]
Helen Burger: Honestly!
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