Sun Valley Serenade, 1941 – ★★★

An odd combination, this one, with the Glenn Miller Orchestra alongside Olympic skater turned film star Sonja Henie. She plays a refugee who arrives to the USA at the invitation of band member Ted Scott (John Payne) – he’s expecting a juvenile and gets little hottie Henje instead.

Miller himself appears as a fictional band leader with many of his real band – there’s also a chance to see specialties The Nicholas Brothers and Dorothy Dandridge appear during numbers.

There isn’t an awful lot of plot, there are the usual hokey misunderstandings and the presence of one of those secluded log cabins out in the middle of nowhere. Lynn Bari plays Payne’s singing sweetheart, while Milton Berle plays the band’s agent. Numbers include ‘In The Mood’, ‘It Happened in Sun Valley’ and ‘Chattanooga Choo Choo’.

Vía Letterboxd – loureviews

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