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The Gene Krupa Story

2 Ratings: 3.5
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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; … see full wiki

Genre: Drama, Biopic
Release Date: 1959
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about The Gene Krupa Story


  • Nov 1, 2008
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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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