The Glenn Miller Story (1953)

The Glenn Miller Story


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Not only was The Glenn Miller Story one of the most profitable biopics ever filmed, but it also was one of the few to pay more than lip service to the facts. The film traces Miller's rise from pit-orchestra trombone player to leader of a successful big band.

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Oscar Brodney, Valentine Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 4, 2003
Universal Pictures


as Glenn Miller

as Helen Burger Miller

as Chummy MacGregor

as Don Haynes

as Si Schribman

as Himself

as Gene Krupa

as Himself

as Mr. Miller

as Mrs. Miller

as Mr. Burger

as Mrs. Burger

as Gen. Arnold

as Polly Haynes

as Joe Becker

as Mr. Krantz

as Joe Becker

as Col. Spaulding

as Clarinet

as Jonnie Dee

as Drums

as Col. Baker

as Adjutant General

as Girl Singer

as Doctor

as Schillinger

as Garage Man

as Used Car Salesman

as Bobby-Soxer

as Wilbur Schwartz

as Lt. Col. Baessell

as Himself

as Music Cutter

as Trombone

as Uncredited

as Chummy MacGregor
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Critic Reviews for The Glenn Miller Story

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 14, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

If you're a fan of the big band sound (which I'm not) you will probably like this pic much better than I did.

Full Review… | October 27, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A strange look at the music business.

Full Review… | August 9, 2007
Classic Film and Television

Audience Reviews for The Glenn Miller Story


This is the second of three movies that Stewart and Allyson worked together that I have seen. They really do work well together in that clean, golly gee, kinda way. The actors are great, the music is excellent, and the story is ok; although not historically accurate. It's all about the great music.

nefnie lee

Super Reviewer

Wow, this could very well be the greatest biopic of all time. Combine the acting talents of Jimmy Stewart with the amazing music of Glenn Miller and you simply cannot go wrong. At times it is difficult to believe that these events actually transpired, and yet that's what makes it such a beautiful story. It is inspirational to see the man who wanted to create a "new sound," but even more so to see his wife pushing him to pursue greater things because she believed in him. If you are familiar with Miller's music, you will get chills down your spine every time that you see him composing the classics that we love so much and seeing the inspiration behind each song. I love Henry Mancini's variations on Miller's greatest hits to craft a beautiful soundtrack to this film. The song "Little Brown Jug" means so much more to me after seeing this film and it will to you once you've seen it, as well.

miller's amazing music is reason enuf 2c this bio-pic directed by anthony mann-what! the best thing 4 me is they use the my old santa monica pier which stands in 4 the gone venice pier and the old airs flight in downtown la.

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