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The Benny Goodman Story Photos

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When a young Benny Goodman (Barry Truex) first starts taking music classes, he becomes very adept at the clarinet and gravitates towards ragtime and jazz. After playing for a few years, an older Benny (Steve Allen) gains the attention of critic John Hammond (Herbert Anderson), who champions the musician. Benny also meets John's sister, Alice (Donna Reed), and, although she initially dislikes jazz, Goodman wins her over. However, Benny's mother (Berta Gersten) does not approve of the match.

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Steve Allen
Benny Goodman
Donna Reed
Alice Hammond
Berta Gersten
Mama Goodman
Herbert Anderson
John Hammond Jr.
Robert F. Simon
Papa Dave Goodman
Sammy Davis Sr.
Fletcher Henderson
Barry Truex
Benny Goodman (at 16)
David Kasday
Benny Goodman (at 10)
Hy Averback
Willard Alexander
Wilton Graff
John Hammond Sr.
Shepard Menken
Harry Goodman
Teddy Wilson
Self
Urbie Green
Young Sideman with Clayton
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