The Benny Goodman Story (1955)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Musical Drama  |   Run Time - 116 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - G
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Steve Allen makes his dramatic film debut in The Benny Goodman Story. Outside of Goodman's conflicts with his parents over his career choice, and his early frustration over not being able to play his kind of music, the film tends to be more a series of musical highlights than a biography. The film features guest appearances by Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Harry James, Martha Tilton, Ziggy Elman, and Sammy Davis Sr. (as Fletcher Henderson).

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bandleader, rags-to-riches, music, swing-music, parent/child-relationship