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    SUBJECTS — Biography; Music/Popular; U.S.: 1929 -1945;
    MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness.

    Age: 12+; MPAA Rating -- G; Drama; 1954; 113 minutes; Color; Available from Amazon.com.

    Description:     This film is a Hollywood "biopic" of Glenn Miller, a popular and influential big band leader of the 1930s and early 1940s. Glenn Miller died serving his country in World War II.

    Benefits of the Movie:     "The Glenn Miller Story" will introduce children to Miller's music and to his patriotism. Classics such as "In the Mood," "String of Pearls" and "Little Brown Jug" are featured. The film will fill in some details about life in the U.S. from 1929 to 1945. It has cameo roles by such stars as Louis Armstrong and Gene Krupa, playing themselves.

    Possible Problems:    None.

    Parenting Points:     Play some Glenn Miller music at home and tell your child what you are playing. Ask and help your child to answer the Quick Discussion Question.


Benefits of the Movie
Possible Problems
Parenting Points
Selected Awards & Cast
Helpful Background
Discussion Questions:
      Subjects (Curriculum Topics)
      Social-Emotional Learning
      Moral-Ethical Emphasis
            (Character Counts)
Bridges to Reading
Links to the Internet
Assignments, Projects & Activities

WORKSHEETS: TWM offers the following worksheets to keep students' minds on the movie and direct them to the lessons that can be learned from the film. Teachers can modify the movie worksheets to fit the needs of each class. See also TWM's Historical Fiction in Film Cross-Curricular Homework Project.

    Selected Awards, Cast and Director:

      Selected Awards:   1954 Academy Awards: Best Sound; 1954 Academy Award Nominations: Best Story and Screenplay, Best Original Score.

      Featured Actors:  James Stewart, June Allyson, Harry Morgan, Charles Drake, Gene Krupa, Louis Armstrong, Ben Pollack.

      Director:  Anthony Mann.


QUICK DISCUSSION QUESTION:   Pick a mondern day star of the movies, sports, or the music business. Do you think that this person would put his or her career on hold and risk life and limb in the military to fight against an enemy that threatened the country's very existence? Should the person join up?

Suggested Response: Obviously, there is no one anwser to the first part of the question. In WWII many people did join the military and serve their country. Glenn Miller was one of them. Certainly, stars should do their part just like everyone else. People who get the most from society have a special responsibility to give back to society.

    Helpful Background:

    Alton Glenn Miller (1904 - 1944) was a trombone player, arranger, and band leader of the late 1930s and early 1940s. One of Miller's innovations was the use of the clarinet as the lead instrument supported by four saxophones. Miller's band became a nationwide success in 1939. In 1942, Miller tried to enlist in the Navy but was turned down because he was too old. He persisted in his efforts to help his country and convinced the Army to allow him to organize a band to help improve morale. He formed a 42 piece Army Air Force Band which made regular radio broadcasts in the U.S. during 1943 and in England during 1944. In December 1944 the small plane that was taking him to lead a concert in Paris disappeared over the English Channel.

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    Social-Emotional Learning Discussion Questions:


    1.  Would Glenn Miller have served his country better as a sailor on a naval vessel or by making music to entertain the troops?

    2.  In the early part of his career Miller sacrificed many things to develop his music. Name some of them.

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    Bridges to Reading: None.


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