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The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 3 January 1956 (Japan)
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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Alice Hammond
Berta Gersten ...
Mama Goodman
Barry Truex ...
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John Hammond Jr.
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Papa Dave Goodman
Hy Averback ...
Willard Alexander
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Fletcher Henderson
Dick Winslow ...
Gil Rodin
Shepard Menken ...
Harry Goodman (as Shep Menken)
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Murph Podolsky
Wilton Graff ...
John Hammond Sr.
Fred Essler ...
Prof. Schoepp
David Kasday ...
John Erman ...
Harry Goodman (at 16) (as John M. Erman)
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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 Don Femia <donfemia@csn.net>

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Biography | Drama | Music

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3 January 1956 (Japan)  »

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La historia de Benny Goodman  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

During the whole picture, 'Donna Reed' appears wearing clothes of the 1955 fashion, instead the thirties and forties corresponding at the times the action was taking place. See more »

Quotes

Alice Hammond: I can't remember when I've been so moved.
Benny Goodman: That wasn't me - that was Mozart.
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Crazy Credits

Benny Goodman's theme song is played over the appearance of the "Universal International" globe. See more »

Soundtracks

Stompin' At the Savoy
Written by Benny Goodman, Chick Webb, Edgar M. Sampson and Andy Razaf
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Brilliant, touching, entertaining!
26 December 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I may have seen this film more than 20 times, unfortunately it has been unavailable in the UK for 10 years and not on TV all that time so I'm missing it right now. It is such a good film whether you enjoy Benny Goodman's music or jazz for that matter or not. Benny Goodman's life was pretty interesting anyway and it's portrayal in this movie is fairly accurate. The music score covers all the best from Benny Goodman and his Orchestra and is a tribute to one of the earlier band leaders in Jazz. There were not too many bands with both black and white members at that time but this was such a band. What was great for the Benny Goodman Orchestra was the fact that many of the members were such well known and respected performers themselves. There was such talent in that group of musicians and how fortunate it was that they should all come together at that time to create and play some brilliant music.

With regard to the film it is based on the life of Benny Goodman and if you know about him the presence of spoilers here would not ruin things. In short though this film shows Benny Goodman from a young boy through to after he has made a success of himself. His challenges, disappointments, love interests are all a part of the story through the film.

I couldn't fault anything in this film, direction, acting, all of it is just right and it makes for a film you can enjoy over and over again.

They certainly don't make movies like this anymore.

9 out of 10. (I reserved 10 out of 10 for my very best 3 or 4 films, this is a top 10 of mine still).


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