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Robert D. Webb
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
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 »
In the scene between Gene and Ethel, right after Gene's mother argues with him in the speakeasy about the priesthood, Ethel's small handbag on the table is closer to her on the close-in shots than it is on the longer shots. See more »
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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