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Status: Released

Runtime: 102

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Language: en

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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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Director: Valentine Davies

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Steve Allen

Steve Allen
as Benny Goodman

Donna Reed

Donna Reed
as Alice Hammond

Berta Gersten

Berta Gersten
as Mama Goodman

Barry Truex

Barry Truex
as Benny Goodman à 16 an…

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