Originally Posted by Pocket-full-of-gold
I'm a little embarrassed to admit, but I watched a good part of 'The Benny Goodman Story', staring Jimmy Stewart, a couple of nights ago. I was flipping channels....saw Gene playing.....and got caught watching for the next hour!!
Probably a bit 'left of centre' to what Polly was getting at....but Krupa and Satchmo actually playing themselves in the same movie.....'nuff said!!
EDIT: I've made a mess of this......the Jimmy Stewart movie I was referring to was actually The Glenn Miller Story!
The Benny Goodman Story is another movie starring Steve Allen that also features Gene. Apols Poll.
Possibly some of the first "music video" performances with mass media effect... just as thousands of people picked up the drums watching Ringo on Ed Sullivan, how many people walked away from either of these movies, after watching Gene savage his kit mercilessly, and said, "Man, that's what I want to do?" Probably nearly as many.
Good choices all so far on this thread.