Sun Valley Serenade - 1941

"It Happened In Sun Valley"

2016 is the 75th anniversary of the 1941 20th Century-Fox motion picture "Sun Valley Serenade," the first of two Fox productions to feature Glenn Miller and his Orchestra.

The Glenn Miller Archive is pleased to "open the vault" and share photographs, documentation, correspondence, memorabilia and recordings from the GMA Collections to celebrate the occasion. The centerpiece of our commemoration is a new 105-page study detailing the film production, the recordings made for the film, the promotion of the film and the activities surrounding the film by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. Included is the history of "Chattanooga Choo Choo," the first "gold" record presented to a recording artist, which was written for the film by Mack Gordon and Harry Warren. 

The Glenn Miller Archive 75th Anniversary Commemoration can be found here:

Sun Valley Serenade

The 1941 20th Century-Fox film preview that was syndicated to radio stations nationwide can be found here:

Sun Valley Serenade Radio Preview

The recording of "Chattanooga Choo Choo" for the film by Glenn Miller and his Orchestra, including their background music for the Nicholas Brothers dance routine, can be found here:

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Glenn Miller and his Orchestra

The contents of the commemorative study include materials preserved in the GMA Alton Glenn Miller and Helen Burger Miller Collection at the direction of the late Steven Davis Miller and his sister Jonnie Miller Hoffman, the children of Glenn and Helen Miller.

Thank you to those who helped to make the commemoration possible:

Mark Cantor
Alan Cass
Richard C. March
Glenn Mittler
Karl Pearson
Edward F. Polic
Sony Legacy Entertainment
20th Century-Fox Film Corporation
UCLA Film and Television Archive

Dennis M. Spragg
May 2016