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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Other Miller Band I Didn't Know


News To Me: Glenn Miller Had A Brother and His Name Was Herb

Here was occasion to learn something new, an ad from 1943 touting Glenn Miller's brother as bandleading attraction at Cleveland's RKO Palace. I never realized Glenn had a sibling who also performed, let alone that they resembled each other so. Turns out Herb managed Glenn's band through the 30's, had played a trumpet himself since age 12, and carried on the Miller legacy right into the 80's. Herb did trumpet duty with Charlie Spivak after the manager stint with Glenn, then formed his own group while earning a master's degree at the University Of Michigan. This ad finds Herb sharing a bill with Ann Corio, a burlesque name who also did a string of exotic cheapies for PRC, then Monogram. These paved way for successful stage appearances through the war, rather like Bela Lugosi's traveling spook show getting tread from budget pics he headlined for those same companies. Her mild (assuredly very mild) strip act assured Ms. Corio top placement on the Palace's bill, even as her "Undress With Finesse" act would need to be toned way down for family patronage. To satisfaction of latter came Eddie Foy, Jr., a vaude face since forever and lately onscreen in Yankee Doodle Dandy, in which he played Eddie Sr. Final note re Herb Miller --- at first when I saw he was "Carrying On In The Miller Manner," I thought the performance was post- Glenn's demise, but turns out Palace date at hand was October 8, 1943, so Carrying On must have been in terms of Herb continuing while Glenn served with armed forces.

8 Comments:

Blogger Stinky Fitzwizzle said...

Off topic, but isn't Priscilla Lane just about the cutest thing ever?

3:45 PM  
Blogger Donald Benson said...

"The Sultan's Daughter" turned up on TCM a while back. Corio was a good girl in a harem outfit; it played like a very, very, very, very cheap version of a Hope-Crosby road picture.

No Miller, but another odd band and Irene Ryan a few decades before "The Beverly Hillbillies".

4:49 PM  
Blogger Tom Ruegger said...

I have perhaps an unusual reaction to Priscilla Lane. I actually cannot watch her in any film.

She is the only actor/actress I can think of that I cannnot stomach. I believe this is the reason why:

When I was young, I watched the film "The Roaring Twenties" (1939, Warner Bros.) repeatedly on television. In that movie, Jimmy Cagney plays Eddie Bartlett, a tough guy who is in love with Priscilla Lane's Jean Sherman. Priscilla's character dumps Eddie for another guy, whom she marries, and Eddie is devastated and carries a torch for her. Priscilla's character later goes to Eddie and asks his help to save her husband from a life-threatening gangster. She pretty much uses Eddie here, and Eddie, out of his unrequited love for her, does her bidding, killing the gangster, and getting killed himself in the process.

I can't get past the way Priscilla/Jean used Cagney/Eddie in this movie. It's not her fault, of course. As an actress under contract, she was just doing her job. Playing a role. But now, just the sight of her makes me cringe.

Movies can have a powerful and lasting effect.

12:41 AM  
Blogger Dave K said...

Staying off topic, loved both Stinky's and Tom Ruegger's comments! I too think Priscilla Lane is just about the cutest thing! Am struggling to remember what grizzled Hollywood veteran told the story of his first day working at a studio and the accompanying blast of disillusionment when he heard sweet little Priscilla on set dropping f-bombs when she continually fluffed the same tricky line. As to THE ROARING TWENTIES... one of my all time favorites in no small part because, for once, Jimmy plays such a dope. Talk about a just-doesn't-understand-women-at-all guy! The ending with Gladys George always gets me.

I remember my straight arrow dad chuckling out loud seeing a newspaper ad back in the 60's announcing a local personal appearance of Ann Corio.

12:02 PM  
Blogger Stinky Fitzwizzle said...

In my book, Priscilla could get away with just about anything. But I'm a sap for a pretty face. And knowing she dropped f-bombs makes me like her all the more!

5:07 PM  
Blogger Stinky Fitzwizzle said...

Love the artwork for 'Angel Face'. Even the spoiler!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Ruegger said...

AUGH! A color photo of Priscilla Lane is today -- June 24th, 20016 -- the image in the Greenbriar Picture Shows banner! CRRRRRIIIINNNGGGGEEE!!

2:37 AM  
Blogger antoniod said...

YES. I just saw HERB MILLER and his band on a British Game Show from the 70s(1-2-3). Maybe he was better known in Britain!

6:17 PM  

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