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The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 3 January 1956 (Japan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Benny Goodman
... Alice Hammond
Berta Gersten ... Mama Goodman
Barry Truex ... Benny Goodman (at 16)
... John Hammond Jr.
... Papa Dave Goodman
Hy Averback ... Willard Alexander
... Fletcher Henderson
... Gil Rodin
Shepard Menken ... Harry Goodman
... Murph Podolsky
... John Hammond Sr.
Fred Essler ... Prof. Schoepp
David Kasday ... Benny Goodman (at 10)
John Erman ... Harry Goodman (at 16) (as John M. Erman)
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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

At the end of the movie, Benny plays "Memories of You" to Alice Hammond seated at the Carnegie Hall concert. "Memories of You" was never played at the event. See more »

Quotes

Benny Goodman: I didn't know you were interested in hot music.
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Crazy Credits

Benny Goodman's theme song is played over the appearance of the "Universal International" globe. See more »

Soundtracks

One O'Clock Jump
Written by Count Basie
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Great Movie!
1 November 2004 | by 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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