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The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 3 January 1956 (Japan)
The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

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Valentine Davies
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Allen ... Benny Goodman
Donna Reed ... Alice Hammond
Berta Gersten Berta Gersten ... Mama Goodman
Barry Truex Barry Truex ... Benny Goodman (at 16)
Herbert Anderson ... John Hammond Jr.
Robert F. Simon ... Papa Dave Goodman
Hy Averback Hy Averback ... Willard Alexander
Sammy Davis Sr. ... Fletcher Henderson
Dick Winslow ... Gil Rodin
Shepard Menken Shepard Menken ... Harry Goodman
Jack Kruschen ... Murph Podolsky
Wilton Graff ... John Hammond Sr.
Fred Essler Fred Essler ... Prof. Schoepp
David Kasday David Kasday ... Benny Goodman (at 10)
John Erman ... Harry Goodman (at 16) (as John M. Erman)
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Storyline

The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1956 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

La historia de Benny Goodman See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In later interviews about the film, Steve Allen admitted that the real Benny Goodman (who he had met during the making of the film) was not nearly as pleasant an individual as Allen had portrayed him in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Trumpeter Buck Clayton never appeared with Goodman's 1937 band; he was a mainstay of Count Basie's. Clayton did, however, perform as a guest artist with Basie and fellow band members Lester Young, Freddie Green and Walter Page at Goodman's legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. 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

Moonglow
Written by Will Hudson, Edgar De Lange and Irving Mills
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1930's or 1950's? - Costumes are wrong!
12 March 2007 | by CatchyJ-1See all my reviews

I enjoyed the music in this film immensely but the thing that drove me absolutely crazy was the costumes. This film is supposed to take place from 1910 - 1938 yet Donna Reed is in full 1950's dress including her hair and makeup. It actually screws up your whole perception of when the story takes place. Would it have killed them to dress her and the other women in period dress? There is one sad attempt at a 20's outfit where Donna is at a speakeasy and has on a cloche hat with her bangs in spit curls but of course her dress is a total 50's Dior 'New Look' with a cinched waist and huge skirt. It's also sad that original Benny Goodman vocalist, Martha Tilton, is only on film for like 1 minute singing one short refrain.


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