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The Glenn Miller Story

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Original title
The Glenn Miller Story
Year
Running time
107 min.
Country
United States United States
Director
Screenwriter
Valentine Davies, Oscar Brodney
Music
Glenn Miller, Henry Mancini
Cinematography
William H. Daniels
Cast
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Producer
Universal International Pictures
Genre
Drama. Musical | Biography. Music. Jazz
Synopsis / Plot
James Stewart, at his warmest and most avuncular, plays the bandleader who rocketed to fame during the swing era. The Glenn Miller Story may be a whitewashed version of Miller's life, but it certainly is a pleasant example of the feel-good Hollywood biopic, with the usual conventions: early struggles, loyal wife (June Allyson at her chirpiest), personal sacrifice--Miller joins the Army when war breaks out, although he doesn't have to--and ultimate tragedy. All the Glenn Miller classics filling the soundtrack make the film pretty easy to take, too: "Moonlight Serenade," "A String of Pearls," "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Miller plays the great "In the Mood" with his military band during a World War II air-raid warning. Pure corn, but it works. Director Anthony Mann, better known for his superb series of hard-bitten fifties westerns with Stewart, keeps the story moving gently and gracefully. A hot jazz interlude features Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa.
Awards
1954: Oscar: Best Sound. 3 Nominations
1954: BAFTA Awards: Nominated for Best Foreign Actor (James Stewart)
1954: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1954: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Musical Screenplay
1954: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Actress (June Allyson)
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