MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 2,334 this week

The Gene Krupa Story (1959)

 -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  December 1959 (USA)
6.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.8/10 from 423 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 4 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 10000 titles
created 26 Jun 2012
 
a list of 6162 titles
created 19 Sep 2013
 
a list of 37 titles
created 10 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 5 months ago
 
a list of 165 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Gene Krupa Story (1959)

The Gene Krupa Story (1959) on IMDb 6.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Gene Krupa Story.

User Polls

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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 »

Director: Valentine Davies
Stars: Steve Allen, Donna Reed, Berta Gersten
Freud (1962)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

This pseudo-biographical movie depicts 5 years from 1885 on in the life of the Viennan psychologist Freud (1856-1939). At this time, most of his colleagues refuse to cure hysteric patients,... See full summary »

Director: John Huston
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Susannah York, Larry Parks
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Neurotic woman engages in an affair with the law partner of her impotent husband.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Lana Turner, Jason Robards, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A struggling young actress with a six-year-old daughter sets up housekeeping with a homeless black widow and her light-skinned eight-year-old daughter who rejects her mother by trying to pass for white.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Lana Turner, John Gavin, Sandra Dee
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of the country and western singer Hank Williams.

Director: Gene Nelson
Stars: George Hamilton, Susan Oliver, Red Buttons
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A young man hiding from the law takes refuge in a summer camp for blind children.

Director: Gerd Oswald
Stars: Wayne Newton, Mickey Rooney, Jo Van Fleet
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A hunted revolutionary leads a rag tag group of individuals through the desert in an attempt to elude the security forces and escape the fictitious Arab country of Zahrain.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Yul Brynner, Sal Mineo, Jack Warden
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Libby has spent a whole month trying to get into show business with her singing, and has not made it. Therefore she decides to retire and get a job where she can meet the right man and get ... See full summary »

Director: Don Weis
Stars: Connie Francis, Jim Hutton, Susan Oliver
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

While husband Tim is away during World War II, Anne Hilton copes with problems on the homefront. Taking in a lodger, Colonel Smollett, to help make ends meet and dealing with shortages and ... See full summary »

Directors: John Cromwell, Edward F. Cline, and 2 more credits »
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Jennifer Jones, Joseph Cotten
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A busboy at a disco has sexual problems related to events in his childhood. He becomes obsessed with a disc jockey at the club, leading to obscene phone calls, voyeurism, trips to the porn ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Cates
Stars: Sal Mineo, Juliet Prowse, Jan Murray
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A teenager (Sal Mineo) fights to retain his dignity and self-respect against the brutality, sadism and cynicism of the "big guys" around him in the brutal world of a Georgia orphanage. The ... See full summary »

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Sal Mineo, James Whitmore, J. Carrol Naish
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Exploring the life of Peter, from being a successful fisherman to becoming a follower of Jesus Christ and being dependent on Jesus Christ.

Director: Frank Borzage
Stars: John Saxon, Howard Keel, Susan Kohner
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Gene Krupa
...
Ethel Maguire
...
Eddie Sirota
...
Dorissa Dinell
...
Gloria Corregio
Lawrence Dobkin ...
Speaker Willis
...
Mother
Red Nichols ...
Himself
...
Anita O'Day ...
Herself
...
Davey Tough
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

band | drugs | drummer | jazz | seminary | See All (32) »

Taglines:

The Pounding Story of a Jazz Great! See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

December 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jazz-Ekstase  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

In the final scene, when Krupa makes his comeback appearance with Tommy Dorsey's band, the set he's playing changes in the close-ups from the front left. The high hat cymbals are in a different position, and the tom tom to his left disappears completely. 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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Death in Hollywood (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Song of India
(uncredited)
Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Gene Krupa recast as Sputnik Teen Idol.
2 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Competent, slick and well photographed, but fairly banal treatment of the famous drummer.

Almost no attempt is made to visually set the story in the twenties and thirties. Thus, the film abounds in an abundance of visual anachronisms, including fifties architecture, decor, and clothing, (Misses Kohner and Craig wear Dior style shirtwaist dirndls throughout, whilst Miss Oliver wears Capri style cocktail pants!--nowhere is there a cloche hat, aigrette or dropped waist). Only slight sartorial concessions are made for the men, (a few bowler hats and double breasted vests)

These inaccuracies no doubt accrue from the fact that the picture is being pitched wholesale to the 1959 teen audience and not to their parents.

For his part, Mr. Mineo does exceedingly well, though at times he does lapse into hipster posturing, (in his finger pointing angry scenes he appears to be imitating Ben Gazzara). Given his extreme youth, however, he demonstrates more poise and depth than his teen idol peers. The only really embarrassing moments come when he is depicted as a cassock clad seminarian in prayer.

If nothing else, this film provides your only chance to see Sal Mineo in spats.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Not the best musician biopic I'ver ever seen, but... hisown
Was Dorissa Dinell a real person or who was she being based on tim-p-o-connell
musicians jerrythephd
Gail Davies? lolagwendepp
Go Gene Go knella1
Discuss The Gene Krupa Story (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?