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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:
Tyrone Power is excellent in this delightful biopic of the popular pianist... 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:
The Central Park Casino was portrayed in the movie by the famed Tavern on the Green, also located in Central Park, since by the time of filming in the mid-50s the Casino was long gone.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:
Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 in E Flat MajorSee more »

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Tyrone Power is excellent in this delightful biopic of the popular pianist..., 5 January 2007
Author: Peter Andres from Petersburg, Vasaria

The fine musical scenes and Tyrone Power's excellent performance are among the highlights of THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY, filmed in spectacular CinemaScope and containing lavish production values and fine performances from its cast. It's sensitively directed by George Sidney, a veteran director of M-G-M musicals, and—as one reviewer may have pointed out—the film is indeed a lovely Valentine to Eddie Duchin's memory.

The film is a delight to watch and is highly enjoyable yet quite tragic in places. However, there are flaws within the film due to the sentimental music score and some unbelievably saccharine and fanciful scenes. But the fine performances and direction, as well as the beautifully filmed music sequences, make up for such flaws. I felt the same way about the George Gershwin biopic, RHAPSODY IN BLUE (1945).

Tyrone Power's performance as the talented and popular pianist is one of Ty's very best performances. Although Ty's looks remain middle-aged throughout the entire film, his transition from a young pianist in the 1920s to a World War II veteran battling leukemia is entirely believable. The film was a box-office hit in 1956 and was nominated for four Oscars…but sadly, Tyrone Power was not nominated. I presume that it had to do with his "pretty boy" matinée idol roles at 20th Century-Fox in the past, which were roles that Ty hated playing and did little to enhance his reputation as an actor.

THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY is well worth watching, even more so for its piano sequences. And did I mention the hauntingly gorgeous Kim Novak? She stole my heart for about a half-hour, and she and Ty have nice chemistry together...even though she and Ty did not get along very well off-camera.

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