The Gene Krupa Story 63 years old

He hammered out the savage tempo of the jazz era!

The Gene Krupa Story

The story of legendary jazz drummer, Gene Krupa. Since his youth, all Gene ever wanted to do is play the drums and make music. This is something his parents would not approve of- they want him to be a priest. When Gene's father dies he promises to enter the priesthood. He soon realizes that he doesn't belong there and leaves to join his friend, Eddie's band. Ethel, Eddie's girlfriend, convinces Gene to go to New York and make it big. The 3 of them head to New York. Here Ethel and Gene soon fall in love and Gene makes a name for himself. Gene starts to live in the fast lane, with drugs, alcohol, women and parties. Ethel, unhappy with Gene's lifestyle, leaves him. Gene soon "hits rock bottom" where he has to face reality and choose where to take his life.

Credits

The Gene Krupa Story Cast

Name Character
Lawrence Dobkin He was 39, 83 years old when he died as Speaker Willis
Bobby Troup He was 40, 80 years old when he died as Tommy Dorsey
James Darren He was 22, now 85 years old as Eddie Sirota
Yvonne Craig She was 21, 78 years old when she died as Gloria Corregio
Susan Kohner She was 22, now 85 years old as Ethel Maguire
Susan Oliver She was 26, 58 years old when she died as Dorissa Dinell
Celia Lovsky She was 61, 82 years old when she died as Mother
Buddy Lester He was 43, 87 years old when he died as Himself
Sal Mineo He was 19, 37 years old when he died as Gene Krupa
Shelly Manne He was 38, 64 years old when he died as Davey Tough
Anita O'Day She was 39, 87 years old when she died as Herself

The Gene Krupa Story Crew

Name Department
Don Weis as Director. He was 36 (78) years old when He died Directing
Orin Jannings as Writer. He was 46 (54) years old when He died Writing
The Gene Krupa Story poster
The Gene Krupa Story (63 years)

He hammered out the savage tempo of the jazz era!

  • Release day: Thursday, January 01, 1959
  • Runtime: 101 minutes