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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

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
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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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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

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

Goofs

Howler Dept: A radio announcer describes "Stompin' At The Savoy" as a "brand-new Fletcher Henderson arrangement". It was, in fact, an Edgar Sampson composition and arrangement adapted for Benny Goodman's band by Sampson with the permission of Sampson's employer, bandleader Chick Webb. 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

Let's Dance
Lyrics by Fanny Baldridge
Music by Josef Bonime and Gregory Stone
Based on "Invitation to the Dance"
Music by Carl Maria von Weber
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Great Movie!
1 November 2004 | by (Arizona, United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this film. Huge Donna Reed fan, and I think this is one of her best films aside from "From Here To Eternity" that she did in the 1950's. Finally a movie about someones life made in the 1950's without June Allyson. The close up's Donna has in this film make you melt, she is and always was even in her 60's breath taking! And this movie shows that. Her and Steve Allen who plays Benny Goodman have great chemistry, and I have read that Donna & Steve look very much like Mr. & Mrs. Goodman but didn't act like them. According to Steve Benny Goodman was brilliant but wasn't a very nice man. And surprisingly this film didn't do as well as the previous "Glen Miller Story". Which I found to be alittle dull. Anyways great film a recommend it to everyone!


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