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Director:
Writers:
Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay)
Leo Katcher (story)
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Release Date:
21 June 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
enjoyable tearjerker See more (35 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Tyrone Power ... Eddy Duchin

Kim Novak ... Marjorie Oelrichs
Victoria Shaw ... Chiquita Wynn

James Whitmore ... Lou Sherwood
Rex Thompson ... Peter Duchin, Age 12
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 ... Marjorie's Doctor
Richard Sternberg ... First Boy
Andy Smith ... Second Boy
Lois Kimbrell ... Nurse
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jack Albertson ... Piano Tuner (uncredited)
Kirk Alyn ... Young Man at Wadsworths' Party (uncredited)
Arline Anderson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Richard Crane ... Seaman (uncredited)
Xavier Cugat ... Xavier Cugat (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Passerby (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest at Central Park Casino (uncredited)
Ralph Gamble ... NYC Mayor Jimmy Walker (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Butler Hixon ... Charles - the Butler (uncredited)
Betsy Jones-Moreland ... Girl (uncredited)
Michael Legend ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Peter Norman ... Walter (uncredited)
Barry Norton ... Party Guest (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Rick Person ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Howard Price ... Range Recording Operator (uncredited)
Joan H. Reynolds ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Gloria Ann Simpson ... Mrs. Rutledge (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Brad Trumbull ... Seaman (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... Young Man (uncredited)

Directed by
George Sidney 
 
Writing credits
Samuel A. Taylor (screenplay) (as Samuel Taylor)

Leo Katcher (story)

Produced by
Jonie Taps .... associate producer
Jerry Wald .... producer
 
Original Music by
George Duning 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr.  (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
Jack Ogilvie  (as Jack W. Ogilvie)
 
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Robert Priestley 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Seymour Friedman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Stetson .... key grip
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ralph James Hall .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Carmen Cavallaro .... musician: piano recording
Fred Karger .... music coordinator
Morris Stoloff .... conductor
Morris Stoloff .... music supervisor
Paul Dunlap .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Curtis Harrington .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
123 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia:
Both Joan Fontaine and Eva Marie Saint were tested for the role of Marjorie. George Sidney preferred the younger Kim Novak.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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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Movie Connections:
References Sabrina (1954)See more »
Soundtrack:
ManhattanSee more »

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35 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
enjoyable tearjerker, 6 December 2004
Author: blanche-2 from United States

This was one of my favorite movies as a kid - not only does it have great musical sequences, but it is a real tearjerker. I read recently that this movie just about ruined the life of Peter Duchin, Eddy's son. I can't imagine what it must be like to be a character in such a popular film that shows up on AMC just before you play your next gig.

George Sidney did a beautiful job of directing, and no expense was spared for this Technicolor movie filmed on location in New York. There are so many great shots of the city -- if you're familiar with New York, watching the movie is all that much more enjoyable. The film appears to follow the structure of Duchin's actual life but how much is fact and how much is fiction is hard to say. What is fact is that Carmen Cavallero does a divine job dubbing the piano, and Tyrone Power's fingerings are excellent. He apparently worked at them night and day, and the result was worth it.

There are some wonderful scenes in the film, one of the best being when Duchin talks about his love for Marjorie to Chiquita, who is about to become his new wife. It's such a beautiful monologue about how you can be young and love someone the way he did Marjorie only once, watch your parents age only once etc. - needless to say, hearing that little speech today means more to me now than it did when I was 14. Another great scene is Eddy and a little boy playing chopsticks on a rickety piano in wartime; and, of course, Eddy talking to his son at the playground toward the end of the film.

Tyrone Power knew Eddy Duchin personally as he knew just about everyone, and his portrayal is masterful. In the beginning, however, he's the young Eddy and it's obvious that he's way too old to be fresh out of college. Power was 41 at the time of the filming, and it wasn't the 41 of 2006 - it was a 1950s, three-pack-a-day, party all night, I fought in World War II 41 - hello. You would have thought that the lighting man and cameramen would have worked just a tad harder - we're talking about Tyrone Power here, not some nobody. A little star treatment, please. Instead, Power ends up looking younger in the second half of the film. Ridiculous.

There are lots of posts about Kim Novak, who is very beautiful though vapid as Marjorie, but not much mention of the beautiful Australian actress, Victoria Shaw, who played Chiquita. Like Power and Duchin, she died young. She does an excellent job in the movie. One of the comments suggested the character of Chiquita is fictional; in fact, Duchin's widow was indeed Chiquita Wynn Duchin, and in 1947, Peter Duchin left the Harrimans to live with his father and his stepmother.

Rex Thompson plays the young Peter Duchin and though he makes a game try at hiding his British accent, he sounds British. As a young adult, Thompson was a handsome and fine actor - he worked into his twenties, and then faded from view. In real life, Peter Duchin went on to marry Margaret Sullavan's daughter, Brooke Hayward.

It's hard to hold back the tears during "The Eddy Duchin Story," so don't try. Enjoy the romance and be enveloped in a more gentile world where people had some class, and listen to that great music.

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