Bio of swing band leader 'Benny Goodman' from age 10 (1919) to his landmark Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938. Not exactly historically accurate, but great music. Also, guest appearances ... See full summary »
Bio of swing band leader 'Benny Goodman' from age 10 (1919) to his landmark Carnegie Hall band concert in 1938. Not exactly historically accurate, but great music. Also, guest appearances by many great musicians of the time. Written by
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Benny Goodman played all the clarinet music heard on the soundtrack himself, with the exception of the scene where the young Goodman first tried to play the clarinet - the squeaky notes were actually played by Steve Allen. See more »
Benny Goodman is shown playing the Gordon Jenkins standard "Goodbye" after he learns of his father's death. Goodman's father died in 1926, but Jenkins did not compose "Goodbye" until 1935. Goodman used "Goodbye" as the sign-off tune for the "Let's Dance" radio program and live performances. See more »
Benny Goodman's theme song is played over the appearance of the "Universal International" globe. See more »
This film was certainly made in order to give jazz and swing band fans a real fine dose of perhaps the greatest swing music ever recorded, and this it does in abundance and in very fine form.
However, the story and dramatic part of this film is truly not very well executed, and much inferior to the previous year's "Glen Miller Story".
And, as a previous commentator stated on this site, why couldn't the producers have put in a little more thought into the costumes of the period, not only for the women, although this is where it is obviously not proper period costume, but also for the men.
Are 1920's fashions that difficult to reproduce? I don't think so.While Donna Reed certainly looked beautiful in the clothes she did wear in the film, it was a bit "jarring" to know that the story is taking place in the 20's and 30's, and everyone is parading around in mid 50's clothing.
Otherwise, the film is modestly entertaining, and the music , as mentioned, is superb.
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