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The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

 -  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 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 characters of "Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Wadsworth" are fictionalized versions of the real-life Mr. and Mrs. W. Averall Harriman, Marjorie Duchin's uncle and aunt. Averell Harriman was the heir to his father's, George Herriman, railroad fortune, and devoted most of his life to public service, including stints as US ambassador to the Soviet Union and to the Paris Peace talks during the Vietnam War. At the time "The Eddy Duchin Story" was released (1956), Harriman was in the midst of his term (1955-1959) as Governor of New York, and was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination that year. See more »

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Duchin's wife died on August 3, 1937, not at Christmas as depicted in the movie. See more »

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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 Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Tyrone Power (1962) See more »

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Will You Love Me in December as You Do in May?
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Music by Ernest Ball
Played by the band upon the arrival of Jimmy Walker at the Central Park Casino
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A Life of Music and Tragedies
14 September 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the late 20's, the talkative newly graduated in pharmacy and aspirant piano player Eddy Duchin (Tyrone Power) comes from Boston to New York expecting to play with the orchestra of Leo Reisman (Larry Keating) 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 (Kim Novak) 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 (Victoria Shaw). When Eddy discovers that he has a terminal disease, he proposes Chiquita and they get married.

When we see the biography of a personality by Hollywood, we are never sure that it is a true story or a fairy tale created by the cinema industry. Despite of that, the melodramatic "The Eddy Duchin Story" is a nice story of a man's life surrounded by music, beautiful ladies and tragedies. The forty-two year-old Tyrone Power has good performance and he really seems to be playing the piano, but it is funny to see him in the role of a newly graduated man. Kim Novak shines with her beauty, elegance and her sweet voice. Victoria Shaw is also gorgeous. The cinematography and the music score are awesome and deserved the nomination to the Oscar. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Melodia Immortal" ("Immortal Melody")


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