The Glenn Miller Story


The Glenn Miller Story (1953)



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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.

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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 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
Sig Rumann
as Mr. Krantz
Philip Garris
as Joe Becker
Dayton Lummis
as Col. Spaulding
Deborah Sydes
as Jonnie Dee
Ruth Hampton
as Girl Singer
Damian O'Flynn
as Col. Baker
Carleton Young
as Adjutant General
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton
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
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Critic Reviews for The Glenn Miller Story

All Critics (8)

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.

Oct 27, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A strange look at the music business.

Aug 9, 2007 | Full Review…

Unfortunately, while Jimmy Stewart provides yet another winning performance as the seminal big band leader, the film is an unsatisfying hybrid.

Jun 27, 2007 | Rating: 67/100

Featuring a towering performance from Jimmy Stewart as America's most popular band leader, Anthony Mann's intelligent if also sentimental film is one of the most enjoyable Hollywood biopics.

Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Miller's great music is THE thing in this romanticized bio of the band leader.

Jun 7, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

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
Kevin M. Williams

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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
nefnie lee

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