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.
Classics , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Universal Pictures

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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 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
Anthony Sydes
as Herbert
Cozy Cole
as Drums
Damian O'Flynn
as Col. Baker
Carleton Young
as Adjutant General
William Challee
as Sergeant
Ruth Hampton
as Girl Singer
Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton
as Lt. Col. Baessell
Harry Harvey
as Doctor
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
Roland Jones
as Waiter
Trummy Young
as Trombone
Paula Kelly
as Uncredited
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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.

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

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

June 27, 2007
Apollo Guide

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.

Full Review… | June 15, 2007

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

June 7, 2005
Kansas City Kansan

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July 26, 2006

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

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.

Jonny Priano
Jonny Priano

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.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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