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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:
'Oil of Olay' 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)

Did You Know?

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:
Factual errors: Eddy Duchin suffered from acute myelogenous leukemia. This blood disease would not have created the hand paralysis shown in the movie. The paralysis was done for dramatic effect. Eddy Duchin died at Memorial Hospital in New York City on February 9, 1951. He was 41.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:
Bridal ChorusSee more »

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29 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
'Oil of Olay', 13 September 2004
Author: Bob-45 from Savannah, GA

Expecting to be bored but knowing my wife would love the music, I sat through 'The Eddie Duchin Story.' I'd never heard of Duchin, except to know his son, Peter, was a fine pianist. Earlier in the evening, I'd endured 'The Passion of the Christ,' and I really wasn't in the mood for another downbeat movie. Much to my surprise, I loved every aspect of 'Duchin.' Columbia's 'Monroe,' Kim Novak got top billing, much to my surprise, since Tyrone Power was still a top matinée idol. Well, let me tell you, whatever jokes you've heard about Novak, you'll forget them when you see her a Marjorie, Duchin's doomed socialite wife. Appearing less than an hour, Novak's grace and sweetness permeates the whole movie. You'll adore Novak as much as Duchin. Power is only slightly less effective, but he has a much rougher job. Power is in his mid forties when he plays Duchin, and he must play the first hour as a man in his mid twenties. Power is so frenetic, so energetic and earnest, you fear he's going to have a heart attack. He did, three years later on 'Solomon and Sheba' and died on the spot. Anyway, back to 'Duchin.' James Whitmore is magnificent, as usual in a small role as Duchin's manager. His little bit of business putting on his hat near the end of the film perfectly captures and advance the mood of the movie. Victoria Shaw is given the thankless role of Duchin's second wife, and she hit just the right notes to make an impression without overpowering the narrative. After all, this is Duchin's story, and her part of it is a small but key part. Rex Thompson is perfect as young Peter Duchin, displaying all the emotional conflicts a child would endure with his history. He has an absolutely great scene near the end of the film, but I won't spoil by telling you what happens. Let's just say he takes of the responsibilities of manhood far younger than a child should. Warren Hsieh as the native boy, is wonderful in helping to capture the mood that is yet another turning point in Duchin's life.

Producer Jerry Wald has spared no expense at recreating a era in a manner as convincing as 'Titanic'. Director George Sydney once again proves he is skilled with a camera as he is with actors. The first kiss between Powers and Novak is seen as a reflection in a puddle. Just beautiful! George Duning provides the incredible score. Carmen Cavallaro performs the great piano classics..

I don't cry in movies too often. I didn't cry once in 'The Passion of the Christ'. But I couldn't hold back tears in many scenes in 'The Eddie Duchin Story'. That's saying a lot. Sure, 'The Eddie Duchin Story' is soap. But, there are many kinds of soap. Oil of Olay leaves you feeling fresh and clean and invigorated. So does 'The Eddie Duchin Story'. I give 'The Eddie Duchin Story' a '10'.

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