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The Benny Goodman Story (1956) Poster

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Valentine Davies

Writing Credits (in alphabetical order)  

Valentine Davies

Cast (in credits order) complete, awaiting verification  

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

Produced by 

Aaron Rosenberg ... producer

Cinematography by 

William H. Daniels ... (as William Daniels)

Film Editing by 

Russell F. Schoengarth ... (as Russell Schoengarth)

Art Direction by 

Robert Clatworthy
Alexander Golitzen

Set Decoration by 

Russell A. Gausman
Julia Heron

Costume Design by 

Bill Thomas

Makeup Department 

Joan St. Oegger ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist
Faye Chaney ... body makeup (uncredited)
Mark Reedall ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management 

Edward K. Dodds ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Phil Bowles ... assistant director

Art Department 

Robert Laszlo ... props
Roy Neel ... assistant props
Jim Barrett ... laborer (uncredited)
Jim Cole ... painter (uncredited)
Roy Neal ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department 

Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Robert Pritchard ... sound
Frank Gorback ... mike man (uncredited)
James F. Rogers ... cable man (uncredited)
William Sosteleo ... sound recordist (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department 

William Dodds ... camera operator
Ollie Hansel ... crane operator
Kenneth Smith ... crane operator
Walter Williams ... assistant camera
Fred Buckley ... co-grip (uncredited)
Frederic Dorr ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ben Graves ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Harold Haselbusch ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Lloyd Hill ... gaffer (uncredited)
Ed Jones ... grip (uncredited)
Rollie Lane ... still photographer (uncredited)
Julius Madison ... best boy (uncredited)
Lawrence McCarthy ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Pierce Nippell ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Marion Pierce ... co-grip (uncredited)
James Ryan ... co-grip (uncredited)
Arthur Shadur ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Bill Thomas ... gowns
Truman Eli ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Nevada Penn ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Editorial Department 

Berna MacCurran ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Music Department 

Harold Brown ... instrumental coach
Buck Clayton ... musician: trumpet
George Duvivier ... musician: bass
Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Stan Getz ... musician: saxophone
Benny Goodman ... musician: clarinet
Irving Goodman ... musician: trumpet
Conrad Gozzo ... musician: trumpet
Urbie Green ... musician: trombone
Chris Griffin ... musician: trumpet
Alan Harding ... instrumental coach
Gene Krupa ... musician: drums
Henry Mancini ... composer: additional music
Murray McEachern ... musician: trombone
James Priddy ... musician: trombone
Allan Reuss ... musician: guitar
Hymie Shertzer ... musician: saxophone
Teddy Wilson ... musician: piano
Sol Yaged ... instrumental coach
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department 

Adele Cannon ... script clerk (uncredited)

Additional Crew 

Harold Brown ... instrumental coach
Alan Harding ... instrumental coach
Don Morgan ... publicist
Sol Yaged ... instrumental coach
Charles Baqueta ... coordinator (uncredited)
Lloyd Dawson ... stand-in (uncredited)
Francis Haldoran ... stand-in (uncredited)
Walter Lawrence ... stand-in (uncredited)
Harold Lockwood ... stand-in (uncredited)

See also

Release Dates | Official Sites | Company Credits | Filming & Production | Technical Specs

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