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Eddie Duchin & Orchestra (1933)

While New York is gripped by a roller skating fad, Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra performs at a night club with everyone on skates. Teenaged Sylvia Froos pops in to sing a couple songs and a novelty skating trio performs intricate routines.




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Complete credited cast:
Eddie Duchin (as Eddie Duchin)
Sylvia Froos
Earl ...
Jack ...
Betty ...


In a nightclub setting, pianist Eddy Duchin and his orchestra play several popular tunes of the day. Sylvia Froos joins them for two songs. The novelty skating team of Earl, Jack, and Betty also perform. And the entire nightclub staff, including the orchestra, wears roller skates! Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

25 November 1933 (USA)  »

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Eddie Duchin & Orchestra  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vitaphone production reel #1558. See more »


The first name of Eddy Duchin is misspelled in the title credits as "Eddie". See more »

Crazy Credits

The skating act "Earl, Jack and Betty" is introduced by Eddy Duchin. See more »


Featured in Added Attractions: The Hollywood Shorts Story (2002) See more »


Shadow Waltz
Music by Harry Warren
Performed by Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra while couples skate
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Eddy On Wheels----NOT
25 October 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Vitagraph short was shot in New York at the late Central Park Casino where Jimmy Walker presided and first Leo Reisman and then Eddy Duchin's Orchestra played for the best of New York society. Too bad the brothers Warner couldn't get his name spelled right in the title.

Eddy's girl singer Sylvia Froos remarked that everyone was on roller skates and indeed the theme of the short was a passing fad for roller skating. Even Eddy as it turned out. But notice later on during the short he's pointedly NOT wearing skates while playing the piano. Kind of hard to work the pedals that way.

You can also tell why Tyrone Power was later cast in the Eddy Duchin Story. The resemblance is pretty noticeable and this film was done when Eddy was a young man. Power could have played him easily had the Eddy Duchin Story been made in 1936 instead of 1956. But as it turned out both of them died too young.

I'm glad Eddy got to make this and a few other films to preserve his artistry not just on record.

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