Sun Valley Serenade DVD
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Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Produced in 1941
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
Glenn Miller is more familiar on screen in the guise of James Stewart in
Anthony Mann's 1954 biopic than for his own appearances in Sun Valley
Serenade (1941) and Orchestra Wives (1942). But so little footage survives
of the legendary band leader that these films provide invaluable visual
records of his swinging style. Miller is essentially a secondary character
in H. Bruce Humberstone's snow resort romp, as the emphasis falls on the
relationship between pianist John Payne and Sonja Henie, as the Norwegian
refugee he's agreed to sponsor in the belief she's a child. However, the
band is well served by Joe Garland's `In the Mood' and a splendid Harry
Warren-Mack Gordon score that includes `Chattanooga-Choo-Choo', which is exhilaratingly interpreted by Dorothy Dandridge and the peerless Nicholas Brothers. However, they're upstaged by Henie's fabulous figure-skating routine on blackened ice. Archie Mayo’s backstager centres on the triangle between singer Lynn Bari, trumpeter George Montgomery and his new wife, Ann Rutherford. But the highlights are Miller's renditions of the Warren-Gordon hits, `At Last' and `I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo'.
David Parkinson on 1st February 2007
Author of 191 reviews
A lighthearted wartime musical comedy featuring the Glenn Miller orchestra, superb dancing by the Nicholas Brothers and skating by Sonja Henie, Sun Valley Serenade was nominated for three Oscars and features such famous songs as 'Chattanooga Choo-Choo', 'I Know Why' and 'So Do You'.
A struggling swing band called The Dartmouth Troubadors is about to get a big break by playing at an exclusive ski resort called Sun Valley, when the romance between the piano player, Ted, and the singer, Vivienne, is rocked by a publicity stunt. The band adopts a wartime refugee who turns out to be a gorgeous blonde Norwegian looking for an American husband!
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Length: 82 mins
Cat No: 0173301009
Format: DVD B&W
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