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The Eddy Duchin Story -- Starring Tyrone Power and Kim Novak in the true story of the pianist/ bandleader who set New York society on its ear.

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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 »
User Reviews:
Pictorially, it's like a lovely Valentine to Eddie Duchin's memory... See more (36 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 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:
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:
Dizzy FingersSee more »

FAQ

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Pictorially, it's like a lovely Valentine to Eddie Duchin's memory..., 4 January 2007
Author: Neil Doyle from U.S.A.

TYRONE POWER does a remarkably convincing job at the keyboard and the camera seems to linger on his dexterity at the piano (on a dummy keyboard, of course) while the magic of Carmen Cavallaro takes over on the soundtrack. He's excellent as the brash and overly eager young piano player who eventually makes bigtime as a popular pianist, marries and loses his sweetheart, KIM NOVAK, with whom he has a young son who at first resents him after Power's desertion, then reunites before Duchin's untimely death from leukemia. That's the plot, in a nutshell, but it's the sparkling music that counts.

The richly textured Technicolor photography of Manhattan and its settings evoke the time and period perfectly. I found KIM NOVAK's performance artificial and disturbingly unreal--as though she were affecting a series of poses--while Power is completely natural and appealing opposite her. Novak's performance here is a far cry from her work as Madge in PICNIC. The mood of the film becomes somber after her death and Power's decision to leave the country on tour, leaving his baby son behind. The conflict between Duchin and his son is what has to be resolved before the story ends.

The handsome production values are all enhanced by the constant use of Duchin's music, either in the background or with him at the keyboard and these qualities make it one of the most enjoyable musical biographies I've seen in a long time.

The film won four Oscar nominations and Power deserved to be included, but was not.

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