The Glenn Miller Story

Title: The Glenn Miller Story
Category: Musical Biography
Format: Color
Run Time: 115 minutes
Released by: Universal Pictures
Year: 1953
Director: Anthony Mann
Producer: Aaron Rosenberg
Screenplay: Oscar Brodney/Valentine Davies
  1. Available as; MCA Home Video VHS: The Glenn Miller Story (1986)
  2. Available as; Universal Home Video DVD: The Glenn Miller Story (2003)
  3. Available as; Shout Factory Home Video Blu-Ray: The Glenn Miller Story (2018)
James Stewart as Glenn Miller
June Allyson as Helen Burger Miller
Harry Morgan as Chummy MacGregor
Charles Drake as Don Haynes
George Tobias as Si Schribman
Louis Armstrong as Himself
Ben Pollack as Himself
Gene Kroupa as Himself
Frances Langford as Herself
Irving Bacon as Mr. Miller
Kathleen Lockhart as Mrs. Miller
James Bell as Mr. Burger
Katherine Warren as Mrs. Burger
Barton MacLane as Gen. Arnold
Marion Ross as Polly Haynes
Sig Rumann as Mr. Krantz
Philip Garris as Joe Becker
Dayton Lummis as Col. Spaulding
Deborah Sydes as Jonnie Dee
Anthony Sydes as Herbert
Ruth Hampton as Girl Singer
Damian O’Flynn as Col. Baker
Carleton Young as Adjutant General
William Challee as Sergeant
Gaylord “Steve” Pendleton as Lt. Col. Baessell
Harry Harvey as Doctor
Leo Mostovoy as Schillinger
Dick Ryan as Garage Man
Hal K. Dawson as Used Car Salesman
Lisa Gaye as Bobby-Soxer
Nino Tempo as Wilbur Schwartz
Babe Russin as Himself
Carl Vernell as Music Cutter
Bonnie Kay Eddy as Irene
Davis Roberts as Boy
Roland Jones as Waiter
Kevin Cochran as Boy
The Glenn Miller Story traces Miller’s rise from pit-orchestra trombone player to leader of the most successful big band of his era. June Allyson is on hand as Miller’s wife, Helen, who learns the value of patience when Glenn spends his wedding night jamming with Gene Krupa and Louis Armstrong. Given an officer’s commission during World War II, Miller helms the swingin’est military band ever heard. In December of 1944, a plane carrying Miller disappears while flying over the English Channel. In memoriam, radio stations all over the world suspend their regular broadcasts to play such Miller standards as “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” and “Little Brown Jug.” Many of Miller’s contemporaries, including his first big-time boss, Ben Pollack, appear as themselves.