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Film / The Glenn Miller Story

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A 1954 biopic of Glenn Miller, the American trombonist and bandleader of the 1930s and '40s, directed by Anthony Mann and starring James Stewart as Miller and June Allyson as his wife Helen. Lots of good music throughout and a handful of cameos, including Louis Armstrong.

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  • Biopic: The film depicts Glenn Miller's life from 1929 until his disappearance in 1944.
  • Cameo: Quite a few jazz musicians who were friends with Miller appear in the film, such as Louis Armstrong, Gene Krupa, Barney Bigard, The Modernaires and Frances Langford.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Since this is a biopic, we already know that Glenn will disappear over the English Channel at the end of the film.
  • Rags to Riches: From poor musical arranger and trombonist selling his instrument at the pawn shop every week to making millions in record sales.
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  • Those Two Actors: James Stewart and June Allyson, who appeared together in two other films.


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