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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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Geliebt in alle Ewigkeit  »

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Trivia

The music was played by pianist Carmen Cavallero in his own style. He had a completely different, and more technically precise, style of playing than Eddy Duchin had. If you listen to recordings by both this is clearly evident. See more »

Goofs

Duchin's wife died on August 3, 1937, not at Christmas as depicted in the movie. 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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References Sabrina (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E Flat Major
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Eddy on piano
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Good musical sequences
20 January 2003 | by (California) – See 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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