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.
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.