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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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Marjorie Oelrichs
Rex Thompson ...
Peter Duchin, Age 12
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Lou Sherwood
Victoria Shaw ...
Chiquita Wynn
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Eddy Duchin
Shepperd Strudwick ...
Sherman Wadsworth
Frieda Inescort ...
Edith Wadsworth
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Mrs. Duchin
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Leo Reisman
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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 »

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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Let's Fall in Love
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Music by Harold Arlen
Played by Eddy and his orchestra
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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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