The Glenn Miller Story

Synopsis: The unemployed trombone player Glenn Miller is always broken, chasing his sound to form his band and hocking his instrument in the pawn house to survive. When his friend Chummy MacGregor is hired to play in the band of Ben Pollack, the band-leader listens to one Glenn's composition and invites him to join his band. While traveling to New York, Glenn visits his former girlfriend Helen Berger, in Boulder, Colorado, and asks her to wait for him. Two years later he quits the band and proposes Helen that moves to New York to marry him. After the success of "Moonlight Serenade", Glenn Miller's band becomes worldwide known and Glenn and Helen and their two children have a very comfortable life. Duting the World War II, Glenn enlists in the army and travels to Europe to increase the moral of the allied troops. In the Christmas of 1944, he travels from London to Paris for a concert to be broadcast; however his plane is never found in the tragic flight.
Director(s): Anthony Mann
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
115 min

Your arrangement!

I'm playing in the band

and working on arrangements.

I got a two-week advance.

You are a regular Rockefeller!

- I want to thank you for everything.

- Don't mention about it.

I'm only glad it worked so good out.

About that string of pearls

for my girl's birthday.

You said something

about a special price for those.

For you it's $80.

You pay me 40 down and $5 a week.

- Good enough.

- Shall I mail it for you?

I better take 'em with me.

I'm not sure of her address.

We're booked into Denver.

She lives right near there.

Ten, 20, 30, 40.

There's the 40.

- And here is for the trombone.

- All right.

- Thank you very much.

- Same to you, and good luck.

I hope you stay out

of pawnshops for a while.

- So do I! Goodbye.

- Goodbye, Mr Miller.

- Glenn, come on!

- A Pierce-Arrow?

Yeah! I got it for the old car and 100 bucks.

Much heavier.

It'll hold the road better on a long trip.

If the band folds up,

we can sell it to an undertaker.

Get in the back, I'll give you a ride in style.

Hurry, Glenn. We're due

at the Denver Palace in ten minutes.

- How much, sir?

- Oh, give us five.

Hello. I want Boulder 6-1-7-0.

How many?


I'll get it, Mother.


Hello? Helen? How's my girl?

Your girl? Who is this?

Who is this? Is this Helen Burger?

Yes, but there must be some...

- Well, it's Glenn!

- Glenn? Glenn who?

It's Glenn Miller!

Glenn Miller?

Oh, Glenn Miller.

Well, now, honestly.

After two years and not a word.

Didn't you get my card?

The one you wrote

a year ago last Christmas?

Well, I haven't heard from you either.

I didn't know where you were.

I don't even know where you are now.

I'm down here in Denver.

I want to see you. How about tonight?

Oh, I'm sorry. I have a date.

Couldn't you break it?

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Valentine Davies

Valentine Loewi Davies (August 25, 1905 – July 23, 1961) was an American film and television writer, producer, and director. His film credits included Miracle on 34th Street (1947), Chicken Every Sunday (1949), It Happens Every Spring (1949), The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954), and The Benny Goodman Story (1955). He was nominated for the 1954 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for The Glenn Miller Story. Davies was born in New York City, served in the Coast Guard, and graduated from the University of Michigan where he developed his writing skill with a column in the Michigan Daily and honed his skills further as a graduate student at Yale Drama School. He walked away from his family's successful real estate business in New York and moved to Hollywood to become a screenwriter. He wrote a number of Broadway plays and was president of the Screen Writers Guild and general chairman of the Academy Awards program. He wrote the story for the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, which was given screen treatment by the director, George Seaton. Davies also did a novelization of the story, which was published as a novella by Harcourt Brace & Company in conjunction with the film release. Miracle on 34th Street earned him an Academy Award for Best Story. From 1949-50, he served as President of the Screen Writers Guild. He died in 1961 at his home in Malibu, California when he was fifty-five years old. His secretary at the time of his death, Marian Saphro, recalled many years later that her boss died in the midst of a heavy laugh. The Valentine Davies Award was established in 1962, the year following his death, by the Writers Guild of America, West, in his honor. It has been awarded annually, excepting the years 2006, 2010, and 2015. more…

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