- The Glenn Miller Story
name = The Glenn Miller Story
caption = Promotional movie poster for the film
imdb_id = 0047030
Valentine Davies Oscar Brodney
starring = James Stewart
music = (various)
William H. Daniels
Russell F. Schoengarth
Universal International Pictures
December 10, 1953
runtime = 115 min.
language = English
The film follows
big bandleader Glenn Miller(1904-1944) (James Stewart) from his early days in the music business in 1929through to his presumed 1944death when the airplane he was flying in was lost over the English Channelduring World War II. Prominent placement in the film is given to Miller's courtship and marriage to Helen Burger ( June Allyson), and various cameos by actual musicians who were colleagues of Miller.
Several turning points in Miller's career are depicted with varying degrees of verisimilitude, including: the success of an early
jazz bandarrangement; his departure from the Broadway pit and sideman work to front a band of his own; the failure of his first band on the road; and the subsequent reforming of his successful big band and the establishment of the “Miller Sound” as typified by “Moonlight Serenade”. Also depicted is Miller’s international success touring his band in support of the Alliesin World War II.
Upon release in
1953, "The Glenn Miller Story" was massively successful at the box office. In 1954, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay (by Valentine Daviesand Oscar Brodney) and Best Score (by Henry Manciniand Joseph Gershenson). The film won the Oscar for Best Music Recording, by Leslie I. Carey. Its soundtrack was equally successful, featuring a number of Glenn Miller's most popular recordings. This is the second of three movies that paired Jimmy Stewart and June Allyson, the others being The Stratton Storyand Strategic Air Command.
Some of the legendary musicians who make cameo appearances in the film include:
Louis Armstrong, Barney Bigard, Cozy Cole, Gene Krupa, Frances Langford, Marty Napoleon, Ben Pollack, Babe Russin, Arvell Shaw, The Modernaires, and James Young (IV).
*James Stewart :
June Allyson: Helen Burger Miller
Harry Morgan: Chummy MacGregor
Charles Drake: Don Haynes
George Tobias: Si Schribman
Barton MacLane: Gen. Henry H. Arnold, USAAF
Marion Ross: Polly Haynes
Nino Tempo: Wilber Schwartz
Little Brown Jug"
#"St. Louis Blues — March"
Basin Street Blues"
In the Mood"
#"String of Pearls"
Glenn Miller Orchestra
* Swing music
* James Stewart
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047030/ "The Glenn Miller Story" at the Internet Movie Database]
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047030/awards Awards won by "The Glenn Miller Story"]
* [http://randomshelf.blogspot.com/2006/03/in-mood Review of "The Glenn Miller Story" at The Shelf]
* [http://home.aol.com/MG4273/mann.htm The Films of Anthony Mann]
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