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The Benny Goodman Story (1956)

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116 min | Biography, Drama, Music

The young Benny Goodman is taught clarinet by a Chicago music professor. He is advised by bandleader Kid Ory to play whichever kind of music he likes best, but to make a living, Benny begins by joining the Ben Pollack traveling band.
Cinematographer
William H. Daniels (as William Daniels)
Editor
Russell F. Schoengarth (as Russell Schoengarth)
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Updated Jan 3, 1956

Release date
Feb 2, 1956 (United States)

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68 cast members
Name STARmeter Known for
Steve Allen
Benny Goodman Benny Goodman   See fewer
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Donna Reed
Alice Hammond Alice Hammond   See fewer
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Berta Gersten
Mama Goodman Mama Goodman   See fewer
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Barry Truex
Benny Goodman (at 16) Benny Goodman (at 16)   See fewer
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Herbert Anderson
John Hammond Jr. John Hammond Jr.   See fewer
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Robert F. Simon
Papa Dave Goodman Papa Dave Goodman   See fewer
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Hy Averback
Willard Alexander Willard Alexander   See fewer
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Sammy Davis Sr.
Fletcher Henderson Fletcher Henderson   See fewer
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Dick Winslow
Gil Rodin Gil Rodin   See fewer
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Shepard Menken
Harry Goodman Harry Goodman   See fewer
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Jack Kruschen
Murph Podolsky Murph Podolsky   See fewer
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Wilton Graff
John Hammond Sr. John Hammond Sr.   See fewer
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Fred Essler
Prof. Schoepp Prof. Schoepp   See fewer
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David Kasday
Benny Goodman (at 10) Benny Goodman (at 10)   See fewer
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John Erman
Harry Goodman (at 16) (as John M. Erman) Harry Goodman (at 16) (as John M. Erman)   See fewer
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George Givot
Jake Primo Jake Primo   See fewer
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Lionel Hampton
Lionel Hampton Lionel Hampton   See fewer
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Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa Gene Krupa   See fewer
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Teddy Wilson
Teddy Wilson Teddy Wilson   See fewer
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Ben Pollack
Ben Pollack Ben Pollack   See fewer
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Kid Ory
Edward 'Kid' Ory (as Edward 'Kid' Ory) Edward 'Kid' Ory (as Edward 'Kid' Ory)   See fewer
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Urbie Green
Young Sideman with Clayton Young Sideman with Clayton   See fewer
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Buck Clayton
Trumpeter - Basement Jam Session Trumpeter - Basement Jam Session   See fewer
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Stan Getz
Sax Solo at Paramount in NY Sax Solo at Paramount in NY   See fewer
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Harry James
Harry James - Trumpeter at Carnegie Hall Harry James - Trumpeter at Carnegie Hall   See fewer
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Martha Tilton
Martha Tilton Martha Tilton   See fewer
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Ziggy Elman
Ziggy Elman Ziggy Elman   See fewer
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Chris Alcaide
Boatman (uncredited) Boatman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Steve Allen Jr.
Tough Boy in Gang (uncredited) Tough Boy in Gang (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Best
Musician (uncredited) Musician (uncredited)   See fewer
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Gilbert Brady
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nikki Faustino Brady
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Clarke
Roger Gillespie - Alice's Escort (uncredited) Roger Gillespie - Alice's Escort (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Conaty
Escort (uncredited) Escort (uncredited)   See fewer
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Hal K. Dawson
McHenshey - Mgr. Columbus Pavilion (uncredited) McHenshey - Mgr. Columbus Pavilion (uncredited)   See fewer
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Douglas Evans
Kel Murray - Orchestra Leader (uncredited) Kel Murray - Orchestra Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Franklyn Farnum
Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited) Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Antonio Filauri
Headwaiter (uncredited) Headwaiter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bess Flowers
Woman in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited) Woman in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Don Gordon
Tough Boy in Gang (uncredited) Tough Boy in Gang (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Harris
Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited) Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Whitey Haupt
Tough Boy in Gang (uncredited) Tough Boy in Gang (uncredited)   See fewer
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Diane Jergens
Velma - Benny's Giggly Date (uncredited) Velma - Benny's Giggly Date (uncredited)   See fewer
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Richard Kapp
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Lomas
Clark / Mgr / Elitch's Garden / Danver (uncredited) Clark / Mgr / Elitch's Garden / Danver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Louise Lorimer
Mrs. Vanderbilt (uncredited) Mrs. Vanderbilt (uncredited)   See fewer
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Arthur Lovejoy
Fred - the Butler (uncredited) Fred - the Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maurice Marks
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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John McGovern
Dick Reiner - Clarinet Dropout (uncredited) Dick Reiner - Clarinet Dropout (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ralph Montgomery
Waiter - Palomar Ballroom (uncredited) Waiter - Palomar Ballroom (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barry Norton
Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited) Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cynthia Patrick
Jane - Gil Rodin's Date (uncredited) Jane - Gil Rodin's Date (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Ramsey
Joe Goldcrown - Toledo Theatre Mgr. (uncredited) Joe Goldcrown - Toledo Theatre Mgr. (uncredited)   See fewer
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Buddy Ray
Band Guitar Player (uncredited) Band Guitar Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Allan Reuss
Himself - Guitar Player (uncredited) Himself - Guitar Player (uncredited)   See fewer
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Benny Rubin
Mr. Strauss - the Tailor (uncredited) Mr. Strauss - the Tailor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Babe Russin
Himself - Musician (uncredited) Himself - Musician (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Ryan
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Cosmo Sardo
Jake Primo's Barber (uncredited) Jake Primo's Barber (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jeffrey Sayre
Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited) Man in Audience at Carnegie Hall (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lennie Smith
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lou Southern
Dancer (uncredited) Dancer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Stoney
Primo Hood (uncredited) Primo Hood (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank D. Strong
Trombonist in Movie Goodman Band (uncredited) Trombonist in Movie Goodman Band (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sara Taft
Minor Role (uncredited) Minor Role (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Tannen
Mr. Stewart - Manager of Palomar Ballroom (uncredited) Mr. Stewart - Manager of Palomar Ballroom (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ben Welden
Sammy - Primo's 1st Henchman (uncredited) Sammy - Primo's 1st Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Smoki Whitfield
Ed - Fletcher Henderson's Cabbie (uncredited) Ed - Fletcher Henderson's Cabbie (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 1,030 votes