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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  1. Valentine Davies

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Benny Goodman

  2. Donna Reed

    Donna Reed

    Alice Hammond

  3. BG

    Berta Gersten

    Mama Goodman

  4. BT

    Barry Truex

    Benny Goodman à 16 ans

  5. Herbert Anderson

    Herbert Anderson

    John Hammond Jr.

  6. Robert F. Simon

    Robert F. Simon

    Papa Dave Goodman

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

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  • January 1, 1956



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