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). A New York Times review warned that "the only reason to see this film is for Benny Goodman's fabulous swing music played throughout the film.