The Glenn Miller Story 1953

The Glenn Miller Story

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Glenn Miller (James Stewart) is a poor trombone player with dreams of fame. Eventually, through years of hard work and determination, he is able to start his own band, and they become one of the most successful groups of the big-band era. With a beautiful wife (June Allyson) and one of the biggest songs in America, "Moonlight Serenade," Miller has it all. But at the onset of World War II, Miller enlists, giving up his fame and success to help entertain the troops stationed in Europe.

Cast & Crew

James Stewart
Glenn Miller
June Allyson
Helen Berger, Helen Miller
George Tobias
Si Schribman
Harry Morgan
Chummy MacGregor
Marion Ross
Polly Haynes (uncredited)
William H. Daniels
Cinematographer
Russell F. Schoengarth
Film Editor
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Direction
Russell A. Gausman
Set Decoration
Julia Heron
Set Decoration
John Sherwood
Assistant Director
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Critic Reviews for The Glenn Miller Story

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Audience Reviews for The Glenn Miller Story

  • Nov 24, 2010
    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 l Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2008
    Yet another trite movie about a musician that doesn't tell us anything about the musician and fails to teach us anything true about music.
    Morris N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2007
    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. W Super Reviewer

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