Gene Krupa Story

Gene Krupa Story

Director: Don Weis

Cast: Don Weis, Sal Mineo, Susan Kohner, James Darren

     
 

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Sal Mineo, who'd previously registered well as the lead in the TV drama Drummer Man, essays a strikingly similar role in The Gene Krupa Story. The film details Krupa's troubled home life: (he wanted to be a musician; his father wanted him to become a priest), his rise to fame as drummer for the Benny Goodman orchestra, his years on top as a bandleader,See more details below

Overview

Sal Mineo, who'd previously registered well as the lead in the TV drama Drummer Man, essays a strikingly similar role in The Gene Krupa Story. The film details Krupa's troubled home life: (he wanted to be a musician; his father wanted him to become a priest), his rise to fame as drummer for the Benny Goodman orchestra, his years on top as a bandleader, and his ongoing problems with drug abuse. A fictional romantic subplot is grafted onto the proceeding involving clearly defined "good" and "bad" girls Ethel Maguire (Susan Kohner) and Dorissa Dinelli (Susan Oliver). Yvonne Craig has an entertaining scene as an anachronistically garbed good-time girl. Craig would later recall that, at the time of shooting The Gene Krupa Story, she weighed more than Sal Mineo, and that in the scene where he's required to lift her off the floor, she virtually had to lift him. Mineo, a drummer of some accomplishment, convincingly wields the sticks during the musical highlights, though the trickier drum solos were dubbed in by Gene Krupa himself. Real-life recording stars Anita O'Day, Red Nichols, Bobby Troup and Shelley Manne make cameo appearances.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
UPC:
0043396398535
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Sales rank:
3,308

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sal Mineo Gene Krupa
Susan Kohner Ethel Maguire
James Darren Eddie Sirota
Susan Oliver Dorissa Dinell
Yvonne Craig Gloria Corregio
Shelly Manne Davey Tough
Buddy Lester Himself
Gene Krupa Actor
Lawrence Dobkin Speaker Willis
Celia Lovsky Mother
Red Nichols Himself
Bobby Troup Tommy Dorsey
Anita O'Day Herself
Ruby Lane Blues Singer
Gavin MacLeod Ted Krupa
John Bleifer Father

Technical Credits
Don Weis Director
Edwin H. Bryant Editor
Orin Jannings Screenwriter
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Philip A. Waxman Associate Producer
Maurice E. Wright Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Gene Krupa Story
1. Chapter 1 [11:01]
2. Chapter 2 [9:30]
3. Chapter 3 [10:14]
4. Chapter 4 [11:17]
5. Chapter 5 [8:17]
6. Chapter 6 [10:29]
7. Chapter 7 [8:59]
8. Chapter 8 [10:30]
9. Chapter 9 [10:27]
10. Chapter 10 [10:24]

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