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Eddy Duchin Biopic
Tyrone Power turns in a fine heartfelt performance as Eddy Duchin a man he knew personally. Especially moving is the scene where in war torn Asis he teaches the little boy to play piano. Joyous and heartbreaking all at once. The actor was doing great work when suddenly he died a few years later. A shame. Beautiful New York plays its enchanting self. A very popular picture when it premired the 1950s.
The Eddy Duchin Story
- Cheryl Christian Gonzalez
Tyrone Power's acting was excellent as always. The movie was powerful as well as moving. The story line was great. A wonderful example of what Bette Davis comment about todays movies. She said movies are getting to real. They were never meant to be real. They were suppose to take you away. Just another example of: 'you have not seen any real acting until you have seen an old movie'.
Romance in Central Park
- Harold Berdiansky
In 1956, Robert and I snuck into Baltimore's Uptown Theatre on a Saturday afternoon to meet girls. I never talked to any girls that afternoon nor did I pay much attention to Robert. For all I know he could have met his future wife there. What I did encounter was and remains for me the finest romantic film I have ever encountered in over a half century of movie addiction. The romantic interlude in Central Park introduced audiences to the musical montage. It was the first time I heard the song "I'll take Romance." Years later, I heard Oscar Hammerstein's lyrics to that song of first love. The words may or may not be spectacular. I can't judge them objectively. They always take me back to that day a 12 year old saw Marjorie and Eddie strolling through a deserted Central Park in the rain and finally seeing a reflection of their first kiss in a puddle of water as clear and pure as their love,
Hiding Eddy Duchin's Jewish Background, Why?
- Michael Dudnikov
Eddy Duchin was the son of Ukranian Jewish immigrants. No mention is made of this except for a surreptitious reference at the moment in the story where Eddy's parents meet Marjorie Oelrichs (Kim Novak) during a scene in a night club. Eddy mentions that his parents are Romanian immigrants and after learning that Eddy and Marjorie will wed, Eddy's mother says to them mazel tov(good luck in Hebrew and Yiddish). This was something that almost all Jewish movie goers would have picked up on, but it would have passed unnoticed by virtually all gentiles, who would have considered it to be some Romanian phrase they were not aware of. Why was this done, hard to say. In his book Ghost of a Chance: A Memoir, Peter Duchin states that unlike in the movie, not everyone greeted the wedding of Eddy and Marjorie with applause. Shortly after the marriage most of Marjorie's wealthy friends began to shun her and her Jewish husband. As in the movie Peter was raised by some upper class friends of his late mother. Though unlike the situation for the every other character in the movie, that wealthy couple was given a fictitious name, the Wadsworths. In reality Duchin was raised for a number of years by W. Averell Harriman and his second wife Marie, who accorded him the status of honorary WASP, and allowed to study music at Hotchkiss and Yale. Peter did follow in his father's footsteps becoming a pianist and successful bandleader, releasing many well selling albums and making numerous television appearances. Eventually he became someone who provided the music at the parties and events staged by high society and Hollywood celebs. He also states in the book that he recalls feeling "pretty beat up and confused." after seeing this movie. And he also talks of how Harriman's third wife (Pamela) tried very hard and met with success in destroying his close relationship with his "second father", Averell Harriman, who served as Governor of N. Y. and in the Truman cabinet.
Th Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
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.
this will bring love and sadness to see father and son united in love and in talent
Nothing Short of Terrific!
I am so glad that TCM played this movie. It is nothing short of terrific. The music is beautiful, as is the love story. Tyrone Power was remarkable in his portrayal of Eddie Duchin. The movie also featured Kim Novak in one of her most sensitive performances. What a great screen couple!
What a Wonderful Film
I really enjoyed watching The Eddie Duchin Story Jan. 3rd on TCM. What a great , but so sad film. Tyrone Power was at his best. I'm looking forward to seeing more of his movies on TCM in the future. Thanks again for airing such a classic film.
Dream of a movie for music lovers!
Music of Eddy Duchin and later son, Peter, was in a class by itself!! They both were "society" entertainers. Tyrone Power's portrayal was on the money - a real classy actor! Piano sounded like Carmen Cavallero played for Mr. Power - same style.
Wonderful story and a real tearjerker. Highly recommended. I am glad TCM showed it. My only complaint is that Tyrone Power looked older in the beginning when he was supposed to be younger and younger when he was supposed to be older. More attention should have been paid, as he gave a great performance.
Wonderful heart wrenching story
This movie was great, it keeps you believing in the power of love and to never give up. Tyrone Power is as always, excellent in this role. It's the kind of story that I wish they would put on screen today.