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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 »
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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 »
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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)
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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)
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2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
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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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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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Soundtrack:
Dizzy FingersSee more »

FAQ

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Harry Cohn Wrote What About "Eddy Duchin Story"?
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15 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Performers, 4 February 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

Wow, what a mix of bad and good. The good is the music and the amazing period shots of New York. The bad... well just about anything else; its all rather poorly done. The script is particularly offensive; more about that in a moment. The acting is that goofy type which is unnatural, but not quite the unnatural stage style, more of a "read to the camera" style. Novak is pretty, but moves gracelessly.

The story they have chosen to tell is a simple one: we learn to love a man through his ambition, gains, losses, sorrow and regaining of humanity after the war. This is about America after the war, not some pianist. Then sorrow strikes again and he handles it so wonderfully you applaud while crying. At least that's the goal and it probably worked for most viewers when this was new and America was trying to cope with post war loss.

Something closer to the real story would have made a killer movie. Duchin was made famous by his recording that was the first use of the F-work in that medium. His first wife did die, but he was hardly grief-stricken — a famous womanizer. He did leave his boy with Averill Harriman's wife when he went to war. But that was because he was sleeping with her, while her husband was off in England sleeping (and finally marrying) another man's wife. The son of Winston Churchill in fact, so Harriman hardly cared about his wife's affair with a New York celebrity.

Harriman was an amazing character through the period of this story. He, Dulles and Marshall shaped the world after the war in a liberal mold, essentially reforming Europe as a unit and building NATO, which for many decades was a very good thing. His presence through this movie as sort of an avuncular figure would be like having John Kennedy as a butler. The loss of the power-as-sex game and music-as-power thrust sort of waters down the whole thing.

Why do I care? Because Harriman was particularly concerned about rebuilding France, a country that had humiliated itself and had no means to rebuild. It was, as now, an agricultural economy and Harriman couldn't see Americans subsidizing French farmers for decades. So he (his staff, yes Democrats) came up with the ideas of romanticizing Paris and Rome. Make them romantic cities that tourists would visit. They surely were not before the war. Paris had had its day as a center of art but never ever of romance.

The plan was pulled off flawlessly, primarily through subsidies to Hollywood to make films that portrayed Paris romantically. Many of those films were from the same period of this film, an extreme irony. Extreme, you know.

Harriman's first wife, the one playing with Duchin, had cheated on and left her first husband as well, an extremely wealthy fellow who just happened to be the financier of Technicolor which we find our self enjoying in this very film.

Oh well, there is the music, How can you fault any film that starts with Chopin?

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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