Big Sid’s cool drumming style, live! Amazing.
And we even get to hear Big Sid Catlett speak in this clip from the 1947 film, “Boy, What A Girl !” directed by Arthur H. Leonard.
Gene’s appearance was not written into the script but after a surprise visit to the New York set, to say hello to his friend Sid, the producers wrote in this dialogue. Consequently, Gene Krupa is the only non-black cast member to the otherwise all-black “race film.” Gene and Sid were truly good friends in real life and remained so until Sid’s death in 1951, four years after the release of this film. Sad.