The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller Story

Anthony Mann (1953)

107min
U Certificate
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Review

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Director Anthony Mann and star James Stewart made a series of stunning psychological westerns in the 1950s (Winchester '73, The Naked Spur), yet this biopic of the legendary trombonist and band leader will always be their most fondly remembered collaboration. Whether struggling to find the style of swing that would set him apart from his contemporaries, enjoying the brief benefits of fame or romancing June Allyson, Stewart is so perfect for the role that it is hardly surprising that many people are more familiar with his impersonation than they were with Glenn Miller himself. The supporting cast is impeccable and the music, adapted by Henry Mancini, is as bewitching as ever.

Summary

Musical biopic of the bandleader and trombonist. The film depicts the king of swing's triumphs from his college days to the pinnacle of his career, before it ended when his plane mysteriously disappeared over the English Channel in 1944. Starring James Stewart, June Allyson and Charles Drake, and featuring an appearance by Louis Armstrong as himself.

Cast & Crew

Glenn Miller James Stewart
Helen Berger Miller June Allyson
Don Haynes Charles Drake
Chummy MacGregor Harry Morgan
Si Schribman George Tobias
Gen Hap Arnold Barton MacLane
Mr Miller Irving Bacon
Himself Louis Armstrong
Director Anthony Mann
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: General Film Dist LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
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