Sun Valley Serenade is a 1941 musical directed by H. Bruce Humberstone. The film starred Sonja Henie, John Payne, Milton Berle, Lynn Bari and the fabulous Glenn Miller Orchestra. It features Dorothy Dandridge who performs “Chattanooga Choo Choo”, which did of course receive a nomination for an Oscar for Best Song, was later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996 and awarded the first Gold Record for sales of around 1.2 million dollars.
Interesting fact: The film was released in the Soviet Union in June 1944, and was no doubt a fun movie to watch, to escape the horrors of war even if only for a short time. The film is available to watch 24 hours a day to all residents at the Sun Valley Lodge and Inn.
It is said that the film became popular in Jewish Displaced Persons Camps after the Holocaust, with Sonia Henie’s character becoming a role model of sorts, giving hope to those who found themselves displaced, facing an uncertain future.