Allen impresses mightily in his first acting job as the incomparable Benny Goodman. Anytime a musical biography is attempted, if the person is famous enough, it's dangerous to toy with the truth. In the case of THE GLENN MILLER STORY, there was the added drama of his unexpected death. In
this case, Goodman has the standard rags-to-riches history of so many musical personalities and, despite Davies' often inventive and intelligent script, truth can get tiresome. Davies also directs with as much aplomb as he can muster, but it's uphill in the dramatic scenes because the audience is
waiting for the musical numbers that dot the screenplay. Every major musician with who...