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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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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
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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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La historia de Benny Goodman  »

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Already an accomplished piano player, Steve Allen learned how to play the clarinet for this film. See more »

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At the end of the clarinet concerto, the first violinist stands up twice. 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 »

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Clarinet Concerto
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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A fine glimpse--if not of the actual life of Mr Goodman--of giants of the Swing era.
30 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Viewed from the point of view of a jazz fan interested in the history of swing, this movie is a treasure. There are moments all through when some of the true greats in jazz can be at least glimpsed, and some have ongoing parts: Buck Clayton, on trumpet, Teddy Wilson on piano, Gene Krupa, on drums, Lionel Hampton on vibes, Stan Getz on tenor saxophone (he was the farthest to the right on the front row--almost always cut out of the pan-and-scan print shown on TCM, but he has a great solo and closeup in one of the numbers, in the Palomar ballroom section). There are other stars who appear for one scene, but it's fun to see them, even briefly. Ziggy Elman plays his trumpet solo on "And the Angels Sing" glibly verbatim from the famous recording, but rushes, unfortunately. The plot is quite predictable, and there's no clinch at the end, just shining eyes. A must-buy for the jazz sentimentalist--but get the wide-screen version.


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