Cinema: Facing the Music

The Benny Goodman Story (Universal) can be told in three words: dough re mi. It is not a very exciting theme, even when played by the most famed clarinet in the world. Benny (TV's Steve Allen) makes some fairly pleasant music with the help of the real E.G. on the sound track, along with Gene Krupa, Martha Tilton, Lionel Hampton, Ziggy Elman, Ben Pollack, Teddy Wilson and Kid Ory. But the licks are not quite so hot as they used to be, and the intermissions are stone cold. The only problem Goodman ever had,...