The Glenn Miller Story


The Glenn Miller Story Review

Jimmy Stewart gives a promising performance in a film that starts off great and quickly descends into unfortunate boredom. The big problem? Glenn Miller just wasn't that interesting a character. Aside from the fact that he basically ordered his girlfriend (then engaged to another man) to take a train across the country and marry Miller instead, there's not much new to this up-from-poverty-to-famous-composer/musician story. The entire last half concerns Miller's work as a bandleader in the military (which is, I suppose, important since he died during World War II), but the very worst scene comes earlier in the film, when Miller and best gal Helen (June Allyson) visit a jazz club: The entire scene is filmed through a spinning color wheel. It may be the worst directorial decision in the history of movies.

Facts and Figures

Run time: 115 mins

In Theaters: Monday 4th January 1954

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Universal Pictures

Reviews 3 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%
Fresh: 7 Rotten: 1

IMDB: 7.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director: Anthony Mann

Producer: Aaron Rosenberg

Starring: as Glenn Miller, June Allyson as Helen Berger Miller, as Chummy MacGregor, as Don Haynes, as Si Schribman, as Gen. Hap Arnold, USAAF, as W. Kranz, as Mr. Miller, James Bell as Mr. Burger, Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Miller, Katherine Warren as Mrs. Burger (as Katharine Warren), Frances Langford as Herself, as Himself, Ben Pollack as Himself, Gene Krupa as Himself