Big Sid Catlett And Gene Krupa – “Boy, What A Girl !” (film clip, 1947)

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.

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