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The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

Jan. 01, 1956USA102 Min.Approved
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The Benny Goodman Story is a biographical film starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed, directed by Valentine Davies and released by Universal Studios in 1956. The film is based on the life of famed clarinetist Benny Goodman, who recorded most of the clarinet solos used in the film. The film captures several major moments in Goodman’s life but it has been described as less than accurate in details. Goodman’s Jewish background is never explicitly mentioned, despite it playing a part in his artistic and personal endeavors for decades. In one scene, where his mother tries to talk him out of a romance with Alice Hammond, played by Donna Reed, whom Goodman eventually married, she says, “Bagels and caviar don’t mix.”

The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
The Benny Goodman Story (1956)
Original title The Benny Goodman Story
IMDb Rating 6.7 1,000 votes
TMDb Rating 5.8 7 votes

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Cast

Steve Allen isBenny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Donna Reed isAlice Hammond
Alice Hammond
Berta Gersten isMama Goodman
Mama Goodman
Barry Truex isBenny Goodman à 16 ans
Benny Goodman à 16 ans
Herbert Anderson isJohn Hammond Jr.
John Hammond Jr.
Robert F. Simon isPapa Dave Goodman
Papa Dave Goodman
Hy Averback isWillard Alexander - Benny's manager
Willard Alexander - Benny's manager
Sammy Davis Sr. isFletcher Henderson
Fletcher Henderson
Dick Winslow isGil Rodin
Gil Rodin
Shepard Menken isHarry Goodman
Harry Goodman

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