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The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)

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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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Cast

Tyrone Power
as Eddie Duchin
Kim Novak
as Marjorie Oelrichs
Victoria Shaw
as Chiquita
James Whitmore
as Lou Sherwood
Rex Thompson
as Peter Duchin as a Boy
Mickey Maga
as Peter as a Young Child
Shepperd Strudwick
as Mr. Wadsworth
Frieda Inescort
as Mrs. Wadsworth
Gloria Holden
as Mrs. Duchin
Larry Keating
as Leo Reisman
John Mylong
as Mr. Duchin
Gregory Gaye
as Philip
Warren Hsieh
as Native boy
Ralph Gamble
as Mayor Jimmy Walker
Richard Crane
as Seaman
Brad Trumbull
as Seaman
Kirk Alyn
as Young Man
Richard Walsh
as Young Man
Howard Price
as Range Recorder Operator
Gloria Ann Simpson
as Mrs. Rutledge
Butler Hixon
as Butler
Peter Norman
as Waiter
Jack Albertson
as Piano Tuner
Xavier Cugat
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Eddy Duchin Story

All Critics (2)

Blah biopic

August 13, 2005
Classic Film and Television

Good production values and melodic music partly compensate for George Sidney's sentimental and cliche biopic of the noted composer, played by a miscast Tyrone Power.

Full Review… | June 13, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

Audience Reviews for The Eddy Duchin Story

I saw this on TV, so I didn't see the beginning, but I really liked the rest of the movie. The cast is good, and the story interesting, even though I'd never heard of Duchin before.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Very well made biopic, but a little over the top with the dramatics. Tyrone Power tries, but the casting could have been better. Good music and sound. Nicely photographed.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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