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A film that didn't make beautiful music


Donna Reed and Steve Allen
Donna Reed and Steve Allen

Steve Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000).

Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen was an American television personality, radio personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, writer, and an advocate of scientific skepticism. In 1954, he achieved national fame as the co-creator and first host of The Tonight Show, which was the first late-night television talk show. He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Hollywood theater named in his honor.


Donna Reed co-stars with him in The Benny Goodman Story (1956). Variety compared the film to the television versions and had little to say in favor of the former.