Friday, February 26, 2010

After Hours

Benny Goodman. Sing, Sing, Sing

This is a very short version of the tune, but it's no worse than some of the longer takes. It might even be better. You get a lot of Krupa, some Harry James and enough Benny Goodman. Even though Benny didn't pay his guys squat, they sure looked sharp. And speaking of Benny's guys, I unearthed the trailer for The Gene Krupa Story. It starred method actor Sal Mineo in the title role. The big dramatic moment arrives when he gets busted for marijuana possession. That's not entirely accurate. I believe he got busted for smack and some well-placed bribes made it into weed. Either way, it's pretty hilarious how everybody shuns him. This trailer pretty much gives you the story for the entire movie, so you don't have to go out and see it. Have a look:

It's got one of my favorite lines in it: "You hear that, papa? Your boy's caught the train again!" Yeah. Oh, and the opening with Sal playing drums is dynamite. The rest of the movie is a terrific mess.

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