Overview

The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music. This is something his parents would not approve of- they want him to be a priest. When Gene's father dies he promises to enter the priesthood. He soon realizes that he doesn't belong there and leaves to join his friend, Eddie's band. Ethel, Eddie's girlfriend, convinces Gene to go to New York and make it big. The 3 of them head to New York. Here Ethel and Gene soon fall in love and Gene makes a name for himself. Gene starts to live in the fast lane, with drugs, alcohol, women and parties. Ethel, unhappy with Gene's lifestyle, leaves him. Gene soon "hits rock bottom" where he has to face reality and choose where to take his life.

  1. Don Weis

    Director

  2. Orin Jannings

    Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. Sal Mineo

    Sal Mineo

    Gene Krupa

  2. Susan Kohner

    Susan Kohner

    Ethel Maguire

  3. James Darren

    James Darren

    Eddie Sirota

  4. Susan Oliver

    Susan Oliver

    Dorissa Dinell

  5. Yvonne Craig

    Yvonne Craig

    Gloria Corregio

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The Gene Krupa Story
The Gene Krupa Story

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Status Released

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  • January 1, 1959
    Theatrical

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Original Language English

Runtime 1h 41m

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