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the Benny Goodman Story

-- Synopsis:
     The emphasis is on Benny Goodman's (1909-1986) struggle to get " hot music" into the mainstream, and his shy wooing of a socialite Alice Hammond (Donna Reed.) With Steve Allen cast as the bespectacled Goodman, there's a comic undertone to the Band Leaders somewhat geeky demeanor, and Allen is believable fronting the orchestra. Real-life swing figures, including Goodman Quartet players Gene Krupa, Teddy Wilson, Sammy Davis Sr., Lionel Hampton, Kid Ory, Harry James, Martha Tilton, Ziggy Elman, Urbie Green. There's

even scenes from the 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert. If you like jazz and swing, you'll like this movie.

* Features:
     While this film is not historically accurate, its does give the basic Historic idea around Benny Goodman and the Swing Era in Film. There are some good dance scenes from time to time and some views of long gone historic ballrooms of the past as well as seeing some great musicians perform some great music. Overall an excellent film for swing dance fans that the whole family can enjoy. See Jitterbug Page for more dance details.

Benny Goodman Story Lobby Card 1 Benny Goodman Story screen shot 3 Benny Goodman Story Poster Benny Goodman Story Screen Shot 1 Benny Goodman Story screen shot 2

More Film Information below





n/a Universal Pictures Valentine Davies [DVD | VHS]


Country Made:



116 minutes USA English Black and White


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Bio Pic / Music Nicholas Brothers the Lindy Hop | West Coast Swing Very Good

Known Dancers in this film


Actors / Actresses

Darlene Greminger Lind Specialty Dancers / Non Choreographed Barry Truex
Lenny Smith   Bertha Gertsen
Lou Southern   Bess Flowers
Nicholas Brothers   Dick Winslow
Pat Eggers Havenhill   Donna Reed
    Herbet Anderson
    Sammy Davis Sr.
    Steve Allen Sr.
    Steve Allen Jr.

Dances performed in this film   

Special Dance Interest

Ballroom n/a n/a Various Historic Ballrooms
the Lindy Hop / the Jitterbug     Palomar Ballroom
Tap Dance     Swing Era History
West Coast Swing     Goodman History

Some Music Titles in Film

Bands / Musicians / Singers

Posters / Lobby Cards

And the Angels Sing Ben Pollack n/a
Bugle Call Rag Buck Clayton  
Let's Dance Gene Krupa Benny Goodman Story Poster
Moonglow Goodman Quartet players
One O'Clock Jump Harry James
Original Dixieland One-Step Kid Ory
Sing Sing Sing (With A Swing) Lionel Hampton
Slipped Disc Martha Tilton
Stompin' At The Savoy Stan Getz
  Teddy Wilson
  Urbie Green
  Ziggy Elman

Stage versions of the film


Similar Films

Sheet Music Covers

None Benny Goodman Story Vol.1 $ The Gene Krupa Story n/a
   The Glenn Miller Story  
   $ The Fabulous Dorsey's  

Books Available on this film ...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
$ Swing, Swing, Swing ... The BG Story Firestone, Ross 1994 W. W. Norton & Company


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