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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.more
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


James Stewart
as Glenn Miller
June Allyson
as Helen Burger Miller
Harry Morgan
as Chummy MacGregor
Charles Drake
as Don Haynes
George Tobias
as Si Schribman
Ben Pollack
as Himself
Gene Krupa
as Gene Krupa
Gene Kroupa
as Himself
Irving Bacon
as Mr. Miller
Kathleen Lockhart
as Mrs. Miller
James Bell
as Mr. Burger
Katherine Warren
as Mrs. Burger
Barton MacLane
as Gen. Arnold
Marion Ross
as Polly Haynes
Phil Garris
as Joe Becker
Sig Rumann
as Mr. Krantz
Philip Garris
as Joe Becker
Dayton Lummis
as Col. Spaulding
Barney Bigard
as Clarinet
Deborah Sydes
as Jonnie Dee
Cozy Cole
as Drums
Damian O'Flynn
as Col. Baker
Carleton Young
as Adjutant General
Ruth Hampton
as Girl Singer
Gaylord "Steve" Pend...
as Lt. Col. Baessell
Leo Mostovoy
as Schillinger
Dick Ryan
as Garage Man
Hal K. Dawson
as Used Car Salesman
Lisa Gaye
as Bobby-Soxer
Nino Tempo
as Wilbur Schwartz
Babe Russin
as Himself
Carl Vernell
as Music Cutter
Trummy Young
as Trombone
Paula Kelly
as Uncredited
Henry Morgan
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
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Spoiler alert: Glenn Miller was shot down while serving for the U.S. military during World War 2. That's right, fighting Adolf Hitler. A very popular musician killed while fighting the Antichrist. So this film is less historical, more of a memorial. Some parts are downright sanctimonious, cleaned and sanitized and ironed and starched past all recognition of real life and done, mind you, for your protection in that Hollywood way (lest dat jive starta discombobulate ya). The story could be easily dismissed as bad high school quality theater, despite the talent in front of you. But then they play the music, and the sense of the times and the people who lived them comes rushing to the fore, a palpable force. "The music will live forever" is said at the end, and that part they got right.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

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