Benny Goodman Story Synopsis

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."

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Barry Truex
Barry Truex

Benny Goodman à 16 ans

Donna Reed
Donna Reed

Alice Hammond

Herbert Anderson
Herbert Anderson

John Hammond Jr.

Hy Averback
Hy Averback

Willard Alexander - Benny's manager

Shepard Menken
Shepard Menken

Harry Goodman

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