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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).more
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


Steve Allen
as Benny Goodman
Herbert Anderson
as John Hammond Jr.
Donna Reed
as Alice Hammond
Berta Gersten
as Mom Goodman
Robert Simon
as Pop (Dave) Goodman
Robert F. Simon
as Pop Goodman
Dick Winslow
as Gil Rodin
Barry Truex
as Benny Goodman at l6
Sammy Davis Sr.
as Fletcher Henderson
David Kasday
as Benny Goodman at 10
Hy Averback
as William Alexander
Wilton Graff
as Mr. Hammond
Shepard Menken
as Harry Goodman
Harry James
as Himself - Trumpeter ...
Gene Krupa
as Himself - Drums
Martha Tilton
as Herself - Vocalist (...
Lionel Hampton
as Himself - Vibraphone
Ziggy Elman
as Himself -Trumpeter (...
Ben Pollack
as Himself - 1st band l...
Teddy Wilson
as Himself - Pianist
Kid Ory
as Himself (as Edward '...
Jack Kruschen
as 'Murph' Podolsky - r...
Fred Essler
as Prof Schoepp
John Erman
as Harry Goodman (at 16...
George Givot
as Jake Primo - mob bos...
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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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