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The Benny Goodman Story1956

The Benny Goodman Story (1956)





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Steve Allen makes his dramatic film debut in this slow-moving biopic. 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.


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 at Carnegie Hall
Gene Krupa
as Himself - Drums
Martha Tilton
as Herself - Vocalist (song "And the Angels Sing")
Lionel Hampton
as Himself - Vibraphone
Ziggy Elman
as Himself -Trumpeter (song "And the Angels Sing")
Ben Pollack
as Himself - 1st band leader
Teddy Wilson
as Himself - Pianist
Kid Ory
as Himself (as Edward 'Kid' Ory)
Jack Kruschen
as 'Murph' Podolsky - riverboat band Mgr.
Fred Essler
as Prof Schoepp
John Erman
as Harry Goodman (at 16)
George Givot
as Jake Primo - mob boss
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Critic Reviews for The Benny Goodman Story

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Sweet story and the music swings!

July 26, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
Top Critic

Dull in the drama department, this hi-fi tribute to America's King of Swing is nonetheless recommended for jazz enthusiasts. TV's Steve Allen impersonates BG.

January 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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