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The Gene Krupa Story Details


Sal Mineo, who'd previously registered well as the lead in the TV drama Sal Mineo, 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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


Don Weis
Orin Jannings
Charles Lawton
Leith Stevens
Composer (Music Score)