It says a lot for the big bands of pre-1950 that today, many decades since their Trombones,Horns,Clarinets,Drums et al were laid to rest, their music continues to give so much pleasure. Especially so nowadays as the performances of these great musicians can be watched on DVD as well listened to on CD and LP. This particular film is special. It shows the Glenn Miller band (along with a sprinkling of bona fide actors) at work. One thing is quite clear from this shoulder padded era. Everyone wore a smart suit, often accompanied by a snap-brimmed hat,ladies donned funny headgear, and a lot of smoking took place! In the movie (of amazingly good quality considering the age of the negative) there is a storyline of sorts but is of little consequence. Glen Miller is no great shakes as an actor anyway, but no matter. George Montgomery, playing a leading role, also has a lot to answer for with his simulated trumpet playing! But never mind these small quibbles, the music is the thing,and there is lots of it. Glenn and the band, Tex Beneke, The Modernaires and Marion Hutton, are all there. The sharp eyed might also notice bandsmen Ray Anthony and Billy May among the players; both of whom went on to develop their own bands and enjoyed distinguished musical careers. Plenty of big band movies are to be had on DVD but this is an especially good one. (Get 'Sun Valley Serenade' as a companion DVD). Finally, to state the obvious, enjoy! We'll never see - or hear - their like again!
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