The Eddy Duchin Story

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The era of big bands, grand ballrooms and casino nightlife comes alive in THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY, a musical biography of the talented pianist and bandleader who set New York society on its ear in the 1930s and '40s. Tyrone Power portrays a determined... read more
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The era of big bands, grand ballrooms and casino nightlife comes alive in THE EDDY DUCHIN STORY, a musical biography of the talented pianist and bandleader who set New York society on its ear in the 1930s and '40s. Tyrone Power portrays a determined Duchin, who arrives in Manhattan dreaming only of a "red Stutz Bearcat and a bankroll as big as the Ritz." With the first note he plays, Duchin steals the heart of society girl Marjorie Oelrichs (Kim Novak), who teaches Duchin that love, not money, brings happiness. But as soon as that happiness is purchased, a tragedy happens, leaving Duchin alone with a newborn son and no will to live. George Sidney directs this moving story of a man who discovers too late the real wonder of life. An emotionally rare motion picture scored to the unforgettable music of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Frederic Chopin and Oscar Hammerstein.

Original Release

05/03/1956

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Cast

James Whitmore Lou Sherwood
Kim Novak Marjorie Oelrichs
Shepperd Strudwick Sherman Wadsworth
Tyrone Power Eddy Duchin
Rex Thompson Peter Duchin, Age 12
Victoria Shaw Chiquita Wynn
Frieda Inescort Edith Wadsworth
Gloria Holden Mrs. Duchin
Larry Keating Leo Reisman
Jack Albertson Piano Tuner
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

George Sidney

Writers

Samuel A. Taylor, Leo Katcher

Cast

James Whitmore Lou Sherwood
Kim Novak Marjorie Oelrichs
Shepperd Strudwick Sherman Wadsworth
Tyrone Power Eddy Duchin
Rex Thompson Peter Duchin, Age 12
Victoria Shaw Chiquita Wynn
Frieda Inescort Edith Wadsworth
Gloria Holden Mrs. Duchin
Larry Keating Leo Reisman
Jack Albertson Piano Tuner
Xavier Cugat Xavier Cugat
Bess Flowers Party Guest
Kirk Alyn Young Man at Wadsworths' Party
Paul Bradley Party Guest at Central Park Casino
Richard Crane Seaman
Dan Dowling Nightclub Patron
Franklyn Farnum Passerby
George Ford Nightclub Patron
Ralph Gamble Jimmy Walker
James Gonzalez Party Guest

Producers

Jonie Taps Producer
Jerry Wald Producer

Editors

Viola Lawrence, Jack Ogilvie

1957 Oscar Best Writing, Motion Picture Story Nominated
1957 Oscar Best Cinematography, Color Nominated
1957 Oscar Best Sound, Recording Nominated
1957 Oscar Best Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture Nominated
1956 Golden Globe Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won
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