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The Gene Krupa Story (1959)





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The early development of jazz drummer Gene Krupa is chronicled in this somewhat fictionalized musical biography. Rejecting his father's plan for him to join the priesthood, Krupa instead embraces music, where he wins fame -- and experiences its dark side, including drug addiction.


Sal Mineo
as Gene Krupa
Susan Kohner
as Ethel Maguire
James Darren
as Eddie Sirota
Susan Oliver
as Dorissa Dinell
Yvonne Craig
as Gloria Corregio
Lawrence Dobkin
as Speaker Willis
Red Nichols
as Himself
Bobby Troup
as Tommy Dorsey
Anita O'Day
as Herself
Shelly Manne
as Davey Tough
Ruby Lane
as Blues Singer
Gavin MacLeod
as Ted Krupa
Buddy Lester
as Himself
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Biopic runs along familiar formulaic lines.

Full Review… | October 14, 2008
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★★1/2 (out of four) Sal Mineo gives an energetic and winning performance as Gene Krupa. There are some great moments in the film, mostly including the live musical performances, but the rest of the film is just okay and not up to Mineo's vitality. Gene Krupa was the legendary musician, most notable as a drummer. As he grows up he longs to be a drummer, but his father wants him to become a priest. He, of course, chooses the life of a musician which opens the door to substance abuse. The film does add some fiction in the works, including a romance with Yvonne Craig. When Mineo is drumming on stage he embodies the great Gene Krupa, but off the stage it never quite connects. [IMG][/IMG]

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