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The Eddy Duchin Story Details


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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leo Katcher Best Story 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Duning Best Musical Score 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Morris W. Stoloff Best Musical Score 1956 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harry Stradling Best Color Cinematography 1956 Nominee
Directors Guild of America George Sidney Best Director 1956 Nominee


Tyrone Power
as Eddy Duchin
Kim Novak
as Marjorie Oelrichs
Victoria Shaw
as Chiquita
James Whitmore
as Lou Sherwood
Mickey Maga
as Peter at 5
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
Warren Hsieh
as Native boy
Jack Albertson
as Piano Tuner
Carlyle Mitchell
as Doctor
Lois Kimbrell
as Nurse
Richard Crane
Xavier Cugat
as Himself
Brad Trumbull
as Seaman
Ralph Gamble
as Mayor Jimmy Walker
Howard Price
as Range Recorder Operator
Arline Anderson
as Guest
Gregory Gaye
as Philip
Arline Anderson
as Guest
Brad Trumbull
as Seaman
Howard Price
as Range Recorder Operator
Ralph Gamble
as Mayor Jimmy Walker
Xavier Cugat
as Himself


George Sidney
Jerry Wald
Leo Katcher
Book Author
Leo Katcher
Harry Stradling
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
Morris W. Stoloff
Composer (Music Score)
Viola Lawrence
Walter Holscher
Art Director
Jonie Taps
Executive Producer
Robert Priestley
Set Designer
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer