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Sun Valley Serenade

Sun Valley Serenade movie poster
Directed by H. Bruce Humberstone
Produced by Milton Sperling
Written by Robert Ellis (screenplay),
Helen Logan (screenplay),
Art Arthur (story),
Robert Harari (story)
Starring Sonja Henie,
John Payne
and Milton Berle
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date(s) August 21, 1941
Running time 86 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 film starring Sonja Henie, John Payne and Milton Berle. It features The Glenn Miller Orchestra as well as dancing by The Nicholas Brothers. The movie was nominated for three 1941 Oscars: Cinematography, Scoring of a Musical Picture, and Best Song ("Chattanooga Choo Choo"). Image File history File links SunValleySerenade. ... H. Bruce Lucky Humberstone (b. ... Sonja Henie Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912 - October 12, 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and actress. ... Payne in Kansas City Confidental John Payne was an American movie actor who is mainly remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox film musicals. ... Milton Berle This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their... August 21 is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... For the movie, see 1941 (film). ... // North America Sergeant York Buck Privates, starring Abbott and Costello Tobacco Road Best Picture: How Green Was My Valley - 20th Century-Fox Best Actor: Gary Cooper - Sergeant York Best Actress: Joan Fontaine - Suspicion Adam Had Four Sons Blossoms in the Dust, starring Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon Bowery Blitzkrieg Buck... Sonja Henie Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912 - October 12, 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and actress. ... Payne in Kansas City Confidental John Payne was an American movie actor who is mainly remembered as a singer in 20th Century Fox film musicals. ... Milton Berle This article or section seems not to be written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia entry. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Categories: African Americans | Tap dancers | Art stubs ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ... Chattanooga Choo Choo was a Glenn Miller big-band/swing song featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, which starred amongst others Milton Berle and Joan Davis. ...


Of particular note is the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" song and dance scene by Dorothy Dandridge and The Nicholas Brothers. This scene begins in the practice studio with the Glenn Miller Orchestra practising "Chattanooga Choo Choo." The scene includes two choruses of the song sung by Tex Beneke in a musical exchange with the The Modernaires. In a scene transition that incorporates no introduction or integration with the practice studio or other actors, Dandridge and The Nicholas Brothers begin singing and dancing in a railway station set. The spectacular song and dance scene was apparently filmed so it could be easily cut out by movie houses choosing not to show African-American performers, as was the practice in the South during that period. Chattanooga Choo Choo was a Glenn Miller big-band/swing song featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, which starred amongst others Milton Berle and Joan Davis. ... Dorothy Dandridge (1956) Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922–September 8, 1965) was an American actress. ... Categories: African Americans | Tap dancers | Art stubs ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Chattanooga Choo Choo was a Glenn Miller big-band/swing song featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, which starred amongst others Milton Berle and Joan Davis. ... Gordon Lee Tex Beneke (born February 12, 1914 in Fort Worth, Texas; died May 30, 2000) was an American bandleader, tenor saxophonist and singer. ... The Modernaires began as a trio of schoolmates from Buffalos Lafayette High School in 1935. ... Dorothy Dandridge (1956) Dorothy Jean Dandridge (November 9, 1922–September 8, 1965) was an American actress. ... Categories: African Americans | Tap dancers | Art stubs ...


"Sun Valley Serenade" is the first of the only two movies featuring The Glenn Miller Orchestra (the other is "Orchestra Wives" in 1942). Besides "Chattanooga Choo Choo," other Glenn Miller tunes in the film are "It Happened in Sun Valley," "I Know Why," and "In the Mood". This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Orchestra Wives was the second and last film to feature The Glenn Miller Orchestra. ... Chattanooga Choo Choo was a Glenn Miller big-band/swing song featured in the 1941 movie Sun Valley Serenade, which starred amongst others Milton Berle and Joan Davis. ... Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 — presumably December 15, 1944), was an American jazz musician and bandleader in the swing era. ... This article is about the big band-era song popularized by Glenn Miller. ...


Olympic champion and Sun Valley resident Gretchen Fraser was the skiing double for Sonja Henie. (Fraser filled the same role for Henie in Thin Ice (1937 film)). Gretchen Kunigk Fraser (February 11, 1919 – February 17, 1994) was an American alpine skier. ... Sonja Henie Sonja Henie (April 8, 1912 - October 12, 1969) was a Norwegian figure skater and actress. ... Thin Ice is a 1937 American comedy/romance film directed by Sidney Lanfield. ...


The film is shown several times a day at the Sun Valley Opera House, and continuously on the Sun Valley Resort TV station. The Sun Valley Opera House was built in 1937 in Sun Valley, Idaho as a movie theater. ...


Cast listing

Actor/Actress Role
Sonja Henie Karen Benson
John Payne Ted Scott
Glenn Miller Phil Corey
Milton Berle Jerome K. 'Nifty' Allen
Lynn Bari Vivian Dawn
Joan Davis Miss Carstairs
Dorothy Dandridge Specialty Act
The Nicholas Brothers Themselves
Glenn Miller Orchestra Themselves
The Modernaires Themselves

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