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The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

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

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Cast

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

The Central Park Casino was portrayed in the movie by the famed Tavern on the Green, also located in Central Park, since by the time of filming in the mid-50s the Casino was long gone. See more »

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1950s cars visible in some scenes. The film is set in the 1930s. 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 »

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Dizzy Fingers
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Music by Zez Confrey
Played by Eddy on piano
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Pictorially, it's like a lovely Valentine to Eddie Duchin's memory...
4 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

TYRONE POWER does a remarkably convincing job at the keyboard and the camera seems to linger on his dexterity at the piano (on a dummy keyboard, of course) while the magic of Carmen Cavallaro takes over on the soundtrack. He's excellent as the brash and overly eager young piano player who eventually makes bigtime as a popular pianist, marries and loses his sweetheart, KIM NOVAK, with whom he has a young son who at first resents him after Power's desertion, then reunites before Duchin's untimely death from leukemia. That's the plot, in a nutshell, but it's the sparkling music that counts.

The richly textured Technicolor photography of Manhattan and its settings evoke the time and period perfectly. I found KIM NOVAK's performance artificial and disturbingly unreal--as though she were affecting a series of poses--while Power is completely natural and appealing opposite her. Novak's performance here is a far cry from her work as Madge in PICNIC. The mood of the film becomes somber after her death and Power's decision to leave the country on tour, leaving his baby son behind. The conflict between Duchin and his son is what has to be resolved before the story ends.

The handsome production values are all enhanced by the constant use of Duchin's music, either in the background or with him at the keyboard and these qualities make it one of the most enjoyable musical biographies I've seen in a long time.

The film won four Oscar nominations and Power deserved to be included, but was not.


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