The Benny Goodman Story (1956)


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Steve Allen makes his dramatic film debut in The Benny Goodman Story. Outside of Goodman's conflicts with his parents over his career choice, and his early frustration over not being able to play his kind of music, the film tends to be more a series of musical highlights than a biography. The film features guest appearances by Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Harry James, Martha Tilton, Ziggy Elman, and Sammy Davis Sr. (as Fletcher Henderson).

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Valentine Davies
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 30, 2005
MCA Universal Home Video



as Benny Goodman

as John Hammond Jr.

as Alice Hammond

as Mom Goodman

as Pop (Dave) Goodman

as Gil Rodin

as Benny Goodman at l6

as Fletcher Henderson

as Benny Goodman at 10

as William Alexander

as Mr. Hammond

as Harry Goodman

as Himself - Trumpeter ...

as Himself - Drums

as Herself - Vocalist (...

as Himself - Vibraphone

as Himself -Trumpeter (...

as Himself - 1st band l...

as Himself - Pianist

as Himself (as Edward '...

as 'Murph' Podolsky - r...

as Prof Schoepp

as Harry Goodman (at 16...

as Jake Primo - mob bos...

as Pop (Dave) Goodman
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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Sweet story and the music swings!

July 26, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

July 7, 2005

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

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