The Benny Goodman Story | Chicago Reader

The Benny Goodman Story

Well, as Benny himself once said, “I thought the music was good.” Steve Allen stars as the great swing bandleader in this vain attempt to dramatize the life of the man who may be the least-conflicted figure in the history of jazz. Donna Reed costars as Goodman's wife (yes, folks, he meets her and marries her!); Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Martha Tilton, and Teddy Wilson are among the guest performers. Valentine Davies directed (1955).

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