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Sal Mineo plays big band drummer Gene Krupa from his early days playing in speakeasies to later fame with Jimmy Dorsey's orchestra, followed by his scandalous arrest on drug charges and subsequent black-listing. Mineo is outstanding as the dynamic drummer, capturing his wild, pounding style, stick-syncing to Krupa's actual playing. Handsome James Darren (Gidget) sings a few songs as Gene's stalwart pal and almost steals the show. Susan Kohner gives a strong performance as Gene's long-time girlfriend and future wife.

This bio pic is melodramatic and predictable and has the look of the fifties instead of the thirties, but it's still quite enjoyable thanks to the good actors and electrifying drum solos.
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January 27, 2009
One of my supervisors at the post office was a cousin of Sal Mineo's and I finally got to hear the truth about his murder. I hadn't even heard that they had finally caught the guy who did it, which they had. Such a pretty boy.
 
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Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson

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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Genre: Drama, Biopic
Release Date: 1959
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Runtime: 101 minutes
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