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The Glenn Miller Story

7.31 h 56 min1954U
James Stewart and June Allyson light up the screen in this tribute to the legendary big-band leader whose humble beginnings led to fame as a best-selling recording artist.
Anthony Mann
Charles DrakeFrances LangfordHenry Morgan
English [CC]
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James StewartJune AllysonLouis ArmstrongGeorge Tobias
Aaron Rosenberg
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4.7 out of 5 stars

980 global ratings

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  2. 11% of reviews have 4 stars
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  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
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J. McDonaldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Glenn Miller Story.
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This 1954 biopic is a pleasing, rather inaccurate (was there ever a Hollywood biopic that wasn't?) telling of bandleader, trombonist and arranger Glenn Miller's life starring James Stewart in the title role.
It's a very popular film and I remember it when it was first shown on TV – I had the soundtrack album for many years. Despite it's rather simplistic and sugary depiction it remains a very enjoyable film that helped keep Miller's music in the public's affections for decades after the bandleader`s demise; it's also another fine characterisation by Stewart who went on to play sometimes less savoury characters in a series of westerns also directed by Anthony Mann, who helms this movie.
The UK DVD release I have dates from 2007, part of the James Stewart Collection - a series of the actor's films available as single discs.
The picture is a good and sharp remastering with English SDH subtitles; there are no extras.
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A. BlackReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth A Watch
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The story of a man who became unforgettable because of his talents and distinctive band music, this movie makes you feel good. It captures Glenn Miller's struggle to become noticed which took many years and his wonderful relationship with his wife Helen and how much of a part she had to play in his success. In the second half of the movie, we get to hear the most famous pieces of his music. Instantly recognisable, you can't help jigging along to 'the sound'. It also includes his contribution to the war effort and his untimely death at the age of 40. Definitely worth a watch.
TelfordReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 December 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
An elastic plot but great music
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This film was made nine years after Glenn Miller disappeared over the English Channel on 15 December 1944. The events portrayed in the film are in several places not accurate but it doesn't really matter because Miller's music is superbly re-created. James Stewart was excellent as Miller and he was well supported by June Allyson. (On the back of this 'The Benny Goodman Story' film was made which has strong claims to being the worst film ever made).
Sebastian PalmerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 December 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Highly enjoyable feel-good muso-biopic
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What an enjoyable film! James Stewart is utterly charming as jazz trombonist, arranger and bandleader Glenn Miller. June Allyson is also very easy to like as his college sweetheart and wife.

We see Miller travel from jobbing sideman, forever pawning his horn, via pit orchestras and rejections, as the well as the occasional break, to great success in his own right.

Sadly his peak period coincides with WWII. But I'll leave any plot synopsis there. The advent of WWII, and Miller's role in it, give plenty of scope for more great music/scenarios.

I wonder how closely this film steers in relation to the real events? I do hope he really did jazz up military parade music, and play through a V-1 missile attack, as depicted here!

Filmed in fabulously gaudy technicolor, with a host of real jazz stars lending their musical talents and some extra authenticity, and Miller's famous music given plenty of airtime, this is a peach of a biopic.

If you don't know or are not too keen on big band swing, '40s style, this charming film might help you find a way in. But it also stands up on the human interest level, as a poignant rags to riches drama, with a largely positive slant on a very American 'follow your dream' type vibe.

We liked it enough to gift it to family. And they liked it to. Great stuff!
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MarkReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 November 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Sugar coated story but music still great
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Alright, so this is Hollywood and - as you might expect - they've taken a few liberties with the story of the great Glenn Miller. However, the film is still superb entertainment in that glossy, sugary-sweet style so typical of the era in which this was made.
Jimmy Stewart as Miller and June Allyson as his wife turn in great performances and Stewart is uncannily believable in the title role, even though he's so well known for other things.
I guess if you're buying this film, you're also a fan of the music and its as good as ever. I bought the soundtrack to this film almost 30 years ago on vinyl, and, if I remember correctly, the studios got together many of Miller's band for the studio recordings, and its a top notch band on the film soundtrack. (I think it won an Oscar for the sound recording). Whilst the recording quality is not up to today's digital standards, a lot of progress had been made by the mid 50's when this was recorded, compared to the early recordings of the Miller band from the 30's and early 40's so actually the sound quality is pretty decent.
I think my favourite scene from the film is when miller is in a club and is 'invited' up onto the stage to join in with the resident band. A band that just happens to include some of the foremost musicians of the day, including Louis Armstrong and others. Its pure Hollywood schmaltz but its great fun.
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Ben JenningsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A trip down memory lane
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When this film first came out I was not allowed to see it, however we were familiar with Glen Miller's records. It was good to at long last catch up on his life story based on a recommendation from Amazon.
So glad we took up this opportunity.
horatioReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film spoiled by inappropriate editing.
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Essentially this is a film I have greatly enjoyed since I first saw it soon after its initial release. I have a major disappointment, however, with the DVD version: a section of the interview between Helen Miller and Cy Shribman is missing. This is the part of the dialogue when Helen explains what Glenn is trying to do in achieving a particular sound, which interests and attracts Cy, leading to his putting up the money for the band to be reformed. Without this section some of the impact of the later dialogue is weakened if not lost. I don't understand why the original dialogue has been edited in this way.
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Di Le BecReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 May 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Film (If Not Entirely Accurate)
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This is a great film, extremely well crafted although, as with almost all biopics, not entirely accurate. The story telling is wonderful (if a little sugar coated) and some of the scenes are really well put together. In particular, the scene where he is rearranging "Moonlight Serenade" is outstanding - one of the great moments in movie making. The standard of acting is superb and, of course, there's the music! Overall, the movie is thoroughly watchable (just don't take it too literally).

With regard to the DVD; the balance between the spoken dialogue and the music is poor in one or two places. Also, for some incomprehensible reason, the music that plays while the main menu is displaying is not Glenn Miller which I find really irritating (but perhaps that's just me).
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