Eddy Duchin Story

The Eddy Duchin Story

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Director: George Sidney, Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw

Cast: George Sidney, Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw

     
 

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Tyrone Power stars in this tear-jerking biography of the beloved but short-lived pianist and bandleader Eddy Duchin. Boston-born Eddy Duchin (Tyrone Power) moves to New York City to pursue a career as a pharmacist. However, Eddy is also a skilled piano player, and when he meets pretty socialite Marjorie Oelrichs (Kim Novak) who hears him play, she encourages him not

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Tyrone Power stars in this tear-jerking biography of the beloved but short-lived pianist and bandleader Eddy Duchin. Boston-born Eddy Duchin (Tyrone Power) moves to New York City to pursue a career as a pharmacist. However, Eddy is also a skilled piano player, and when he meets pretty socialite Marjorie Oelrichs (Kim Novak) who hears him play, she encourages him not to short-change his musical abilities. Marjorie helps get Eddy a job playing at the Central Park Casino; his playing goes over well with the crowd, and Eddy goes over well with Marjorie. Able to support himself full-time with his music, Eddy asks Marjorie for her hand in marriage; she accepts, and soon Marjorie is expecting a child. Tragically, she dies while giving birth to their son Peter; Eddy, shattered by the experience, finds himself unconsciously blaming Peter for Marjorie's passing, and leaves the boy behind with his family and their nanny, Chiquita (Victoria Shaw), while Eddy and his manager Lou Sherwood (James Whitmore) head out for the first of many lengthy world tours. Years later, while serving in the Navy during World War II, Eddy realizes the error of his ways, and begins a long and difficult reconciliation with Peter (Rex Thompson), while falling in love with Chiquita. Eddy and Chiquita marry and budding pianist Peter joins Eddy on stage for an emotional duet; however, Eddy's new contentment with life is cut short when he contracts leukemia. Pianist Carmen Cavallaro dubbed in Duchin's piano parts for non-musician Tyrone Power.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Hollywood never did do right by musical performers when it decided to make one the subject of a "biopic." The Eddy Duchin Story continues the time-honored tradition of playing fast and loose with the facts, but at least it has a different tone than so many other films in this genre, opting for a soapish tearjerker approach rather than settling for a standard thin storyline that serves as nothing more than an excuse for presenting musical numbers. Duchin has its share of songs, of course, and they're the highpoints of the film, but much more time is devoted to plot. Unfortunately, that plot is tricked out with plenty of clichés and strung together with terribly trite dialogue; as a result, a potentially interesting story comes across as a series of unconvincing episodes, usually colored with artificially heightened emotions. Under the circumstances, Tyrone Power does as well as can be expected, despite the fact that he's too old for the opening sections of the film, a fact which makes his eager-to-succeed routine discomfortingly pathetic. Kim Novak turns in some surprisingly fine work, and she has a genuine rapport with Power -- something that cannot be said of Victoria Shaw, whose performance is grating and mannered. Duchin is not a bad film -- and it does benefit from some actual on-location shooting in many places, but it's also not terribly involving.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1994
UPC:
0043396510333
Original Release:
1956
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tyrone Power Eddy Duchin
Kim Novak Marjorie Oelrichs
Victoria Shaw Chiquita
James Whitmore Lou Sherwood
Rex Thompson Peter Duchin at 12
Mickey Maga Peter at 5
Shepperd Strudwick Mr. Wadsworth
Frieda Inescort Mrs. Wadsworth
Gloria Holden Mrs. Duchin
Larry Keating Leo Reisman
John Mylong Mr. Duchin
Warren Hsieh Native boy
Jack Albertson Piano Tuner
Carlyle Mitchell Doctor
Lois Kimbrell Nurse
Kirk Alyn Actor
Richard Crane Actor
Xavier Cugat Himself
Peter Norman Waiter
Joan Reynolds Actor
Gloria Ann Simpson Mrs. Rutledge
Brad Trumbull Seaman
Richard "Hock" Walsh Young Man
Ralph Gamble Mayor Jimmy Walker
Howard Price Range Recorder Operator
Arline Anderson Guest
Richard H. Cutting Captain
Gregory Gaye Philip

Technical Credits
George Sidney Director
Samuel A.Taylor Screenwriter
George Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
George Duning Score Composer
Walter Holscher Art Director
Leo Katcher Screenwriter
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Viola Lawrence Editor
John P. Livadary Sound/Sound Designer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack W. Ogilvie Editor
Robert Priestley Set Decoration/Design
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Jonie Taps Executive Producer
Jerry Wald Producer

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The Eddy Duchin Story 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMENED THIS MOVIE FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY. THIS MOVIE TRULEY RELATES TO THE DOWNS AND UP IN LIVES AND HOW IMPORTANT TO MAKE EACH DAY COUNT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent!!! Tear jerker! Love the old movies!