The Gene Krupa Story
Sony Pictures Choice Collection (series)
He hammered out the savage tempo of the jazz era!
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 41 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 6, 2012
- Originally Released: 1960
- Label: Sony Pictures Home
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Sal Mineo, Susan Kohner & James Darren|
|Performer:||Yvonne Craig, Lawrence Dobkin, Celia Lovsky, Red Nichols, Buddy Lester, Susan Oliver & Shelly Manne|
|Directed by||Don Weis|
|Screenwriting by||Orin Jannings|
|Composition by||Leith Stevens|
|Produced by||Philip A. Waxman|
|Director of Photography:||Charles Lawton, Jr.|
Rating: C+ -- Biopic runs along familiar formulaic lines. Full Review
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Sal Mineo steals the screen with his acclaimed portrayal of one of the greatest jazz drummers of all time in this realistic bio-pic. Defying the wishes of his parents, the young Krupa sets out for New York in search of fame and fortune with his musician buddy, Eddie (James Darren), and his small-town sweetheart, Ethel (Susan Kohner). After Krupa's incredible talents are discovered, his rocketing career leaves little time for Ethel. Now playing in the fast lane, the hard-hitting drummer falls for a sexy jazz singer, Dorissa (Susan Oliver), who introduces him to drugs. But after serving time in jail and losing true love Ethel, Krupa yearns for only one thing: a second chance at life and love. Newly remastered.
Sal Mineo stars as the gifted drummer who, as a young man, sets out for New York with his best friend (James Darren) and and his girlfriend, Ethel (Susan Kohner), to make it as a professional musician. Krupa quickly makes inroads and finds himself in the fast lane, where he begins a relationship with a jazz singer (Susan Oliver) who introduces him to the world of narcotics. Before long, he finds himself in jail. Upon his release, he transforms the sound of jazz percussion forever.
- The UK title of the film is "Drum Crazy."
- Released theatrically in New York City December 26, 1959.
- Additional cast: Celia Lovsky (Mother); Red Nichols (Himself); Ruby Lane (Blues Singer); and John Bleifer (Father).
- Gene Krupa plays the drums on the soundtrack for actor Sal Mineo.
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