The Glenn Miller Story traces Miller's rise from pit-orchestra trombone player to leader of the most successful big band of his era. June Allyson is on hand as Miller's wife, Helen, who learns the value of patience when Glenn spends his wedding night jamming with Gene Krupa and Louis Armstrong.
Given an officer's commission during World War II, Miller helms the swingin'est military band ever heard. In December of 1944, a plane carrying Miller disappears while flying over the English Channel.
In memoriam, radio stations all over the world suspend their regular broadcasts to play such Miller standards as Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, and Little Brown Jug. Many of Miller's contemporaries, including his first big-time boss, Ben Pollack, appear as themselves.
The success of The Glenn Miller Story inspired Universal to give the go-ahead for another musical biopic, 1956's The Benny Goodman Story, with Steve Allen in the title role.