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The Gene Krupa Story (1959)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  December 1959 (USA)
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The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music. This is something his parents would not approve of- they want ... See full summary »

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Gene Krupa
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Ethel Maguire
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Eddie Sirota
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Dorissa Dinell
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Gloria Corregio
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The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music. This is something his parents would not approve of- they want him to be a priest. When Gene's father dies he promises to enter the priesthood. He soon realizes that he doesn't belong there and leaves to join his friend, Eddie's band. Ethel, Eddie's girlfriend, convinces Gene to go to New York and make it big. The 3 of them head to New York. Here Ethel and Gene soon fall in love and Gene makes a name for himself. Gene starts to live in the fast lane, with drugs, alcohol, women and parties. Ethel, unhappy with Gene's lifestyle, leaves him. Gene soon "hits rock bottom" where he has to face reality and choose where to take his life. Written by Kelly

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He hammered out the savage tempo of the jazz era!

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Biography | Drama | Music

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December 1959 (USA)  »

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Jazz-Ekstase  »

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Trivia

When the film opened in Krupa's hometown of Chicago at the Schiller Theatre on January 15, 1960 both Gene Krupa and Sal Mineo were on hand to greet the public and sign "fan fotos." See more »

Goofs

When we see Gene at his penthouse on Central Park, at the party one of the guests is Bix Beiderbecke. Bix died in 1931 and only ever played with Gene Krupa in Chicago. By the time Krupa made it in New York, Bix had already died. See more »

Quotes

Gene Krupa: Who's the singer?
Dorissa Dinell: Anita O'Day.
Gene Krupa: She's good.
Dorissa Dinell: Not bad - if you like talent.
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Soundtracks

On the Sunny Side of the Street
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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No cliché left unturned, no fact left unignored
9 June 2008 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

The Gene Krupa Story plays at times more like a Lenny Bruce sketch ("So that's what reefers look like!") with Sal Mineo coming over like Martin Scorsese on speed as the first superstar drummer, James Darren proving that he's no singer while Red Nichols is at least 30 years too old to play himself. At times almost aiming to be a Catholic version of The Jazz Singer (even though Krupa's family behave like classic Jewish stereotypes), it's formulaic, watered down stuff, both factually and musically, but not without some undemanding entertainment value, not to mention a likable performance from Susan Kohner as the good girl who stands by him. And Susan Oliver's hophead singer gets a great exit line: "Excuse me, but I've got a town to get out of."


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