The Gene Krupa Story

Title: The Gene Krupa Story
Category: Musical Biography
Format: Color
Run Time: 101 minutes
Released by: Columbia Pictures
Year: 1959
Director: Don Weis
Producer: Phillip A. Waxman
Screenplay: Valentine Davies
  1. Retitled overseas as “Drum Crazy”
  2. Gene Krupa performs the drums on both the soundtrack, and for the film sequences in which Mineo, as Gene, is shown playing the drums
Sal Mineo as Gene Krupa
Susan Kohner as Ethel Maguire
James Darren as Eddie Sirota
Susan Oliver as Dorissa Dinell
Yvonne Craig as Gloria Corregio
Lawrence Dobkin as Speaker Willis
Celia Lovsky as Mother
John Bleifer as Father
Bobby Troup as Tommy Dorsey
Shelly Manne as Davey Tough
Anita O’Day as Herself
Red Nichols as Himself
Ruby Lane as Blues Singer
Gavin MacLeod as Ted Krupa
Buddy Lester as Himself
The early development of jazz drummer Gene Krupa is chronicled in this somewhat fictionalized musical biography.