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The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 21 June 1956 (USA)
The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s.

Director:

George Sidney

Writers:

Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor), Leo Katcher (story)
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tyrone Power ... Eddy Duchin
Kim Novak ... Marjorie Oelrichs
Victoria Shaw ... Chiquita Wynn
James Whitmore ... Lou Sherwood
Rex Thompson ... Peter Duchin, Age 12
Mickey Maga Mickey Maga ... Peter Duchin, Age 5
Shepperd Strudwick ... Sherman Wadsworth
Frieda Inescort ... Edith Wadsworth
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Duchin
Larry Keating ... Leo Reisman
John Mylong ... Mr. Duchin
Gregory Gaye ... Philip
Warren Hsieh ... Native Boy
Richard H. Cutting ... George - Destroyer Captain
Carlyle Mitchell Carlyle Mitchell ... Marjorie's Doctor
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Storyline

In the late 20's, the talkative newly graduated in pharmacy and aspirant piano player Eddy Duchin comes from Boston to New York expecting to play with the orchestra of Leo Reisman at fancy New York's Central Park Casino. However he had misunderstood the invitation of the maestro and while leaving the place, he meets the wealthy socialite Marjorie Oelrichs that asks Leo Reisman to give a chance to Eddy. He plays in the intermission and becomes a successful piano showman. Two years later, Marjorie and Eddy get married and in the Christmas, Marjorie has a baby, Peter, but she dies after the delivery. Eddy rejects Peter blaming him for the death of Marjorie and only five years later he meets his son. With the World War II, Eddy Duchin breaks up his band and enlists to fight in the war. With the end of the war, Eddy returns to New York with the intention of getting closer to Peter but he sees the boy connected to his friend Chiquita. When Eddy discovers that he has a terminal disease, he ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There Never Was a Guy Like Eddy!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geliebt in alle Ewigkeit See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Andrew Paul Smith, who played the young clarinetist and Peter's friend, mimed his playing. George W. Smith, who was the actual player and Andrew Paul Smith's father, was first chair clarinet in the Columbia Studios Orchestra. Andrew Paul Smith had no further involvement in the motion picture or television industry in any form after appearing in The Eddie Duchin Story. (information supplied by Michael W. Smith, brother of Andrew) See more »

Goofs

Duchin's wife died on August 3, 1937, not at Christmas as depicted in the movie. In the next sequence, five years is supposed to have passed, and Duchin reads about the evacuation of Dunkirk in the newspaper, which took place in May-June 1940, so that would move the date of Marjorie's death (and Peter's birth) back to at least December 1935, which fails to coincide with the actual true information. See more »

Quotes

Eddy Duchin: What I want to know is why! Why do they have to destroy a man twice? You work and work and just when you get... everything. When it gets too good they take it away.
Eddy Duchin: Oh Chiquita, I don't want to die. I don't.
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Referenced in Space Ship Sappy (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Fall in Love
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played by Eddy and his orchestra
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Good musical sequences
20 January 2003 | by laffinsalSee all my reviews

While probably not the greatest biopic to come from Hollywood, this is, at the very least, a well-paced drama with some really fine musical sequences. Power is just fine in his role, and pulls off his "piano playing" believably enough. Kim Novak looks stunning, of course, and does a very nice job in her role. It is a pity that she is written-out halfway through the film, but the second half does alright without her.

If you enjoy a mild, soapy "psuedo-bio" film, then you may enjoy this one. Even better, if you enjoy the piano.


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