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Laying on thick Melodrama
We learn early while they are dating that Marjorie is afraid of the wind, and they sure work that back into the plot with an almost silly melodramatic paranoia. First comes the foreshadowing of her death right after they are married, as the wind breaks the window of their apartment and she goes into hysterics. Then, for a woman on her deathbed, who will not survive the evening, Marjorie has a surprisingly high level of energy listening to Eddie on the radio. They keep her alive long enough for Eddie to finish work and get to the hospital to see his wife and newborn son. Then as he enters the room, evidently her fate has been kept from her, because she asks to go home. Then the overly silly melodrama rises, fills her with panic ... "What's that sound?" The wind is after her again. And after all that silliness, there is absolutely no drama at all in the death scene. She just quietly passes away. In like a lion and out like a lamb. The heavy hand of Hollywood ruined what might have been an interesting story.
If it hadn't been for the music of the day, I wouldn't have viewed this film again. The music is everything beautiful about this era, although it is gorgeously filmed and the colors just pop. It is a sad film. The best thing the real Eddy Duchin did was to hand down his own gift(s) to this son Peter. Peter became a very celebrated pianist and orchestra leader in his own day and there wasn't a deb out there that didn't want Peter Duchin to play at her parties - and he must have played hundreds of them. Peter Duchin is 79 years old at this writing and he has left us with so many, many unforgettable and perfectly orchestrated pieces of music that will live on forever.
Inspired My Love of Music
I saw this movie when it was released and I was 6 years old, It inspired my desire to play the piano. I took lessons for 12 years because I loved the music and Eddie Duchin (Carmen Cavalerro) and Tyrone Power. While it wasn't the greatest movie it did affect a little girls life.
Tyrone Power and James Whitmore were great
- Michael Shea
Although the music is the best thing going with "The Eddie Duchin Story",I thought that Tyrone Power and James Whitmore deserve the best acting honors. I always thought that James Whitmore and Spencer Tracy could have been related even though they weren't. This was one of Tyrone Power's last movies. The sad coincidence is that Ty Power and Eddie Duchin passed in their early forties. I wish that TCM would do a special show on Tyrone Power wit his kids and Robert Osborne. They could intersperse the interview with clips from Ty Power's important movies.
Love the Eddy Duchin Story
- Nancy Ruz
I haven't seen this movie in over 25 yrs. I still get very emotional to see the life of father and son. Both so talented. I will always be a fan of the Duchin Family.
The good old days
If they made movies like this one today, there would be a lot more people trying to make life better for others.
Excellent Tyrone Power in Film Bio
One of my favorite bio-pics. Tyrone Power did very strong dramatic work in this picture and makes the viewer really care about Eddy Duchin. Love the supporting actors and great mid-twentieth century flavor. The wonderful music, of course, adds to the nostalgic goodness. But for me, it is Power 's emotionally charged, warm and sympathetic portrayal that really gives this movie heart. Lovely & lush and straight out of the 1950's. Love it and highly recommend it.
Best of it all was Kim Novak.
Kim Novak is really the central figure on the Eddy Duchin Story, all the scenes where she appears are illuminated by her beauty and contain the most influential character of the story; Eddy got his job because of her, She introduces him to society and makes him an idol of the casino and later expanding his fame to the radio audience. By the time she dies, giving birth to Eddy's only son, the film seems to die with her. Power's melodramatic scenes especially after her death are really worth of a soap opera and makes a tearjerker drama. Maybe could be the times, but you can see the film nowadays and will find his acting too dramatic, while Kim Novak is in her acting very subtle and precise.We love you Kim.
Good Movie full of Nostalgic Moments
I just got a copy of this, watched it and thoroughly enjoyed it. The music was especially good and the scenes where the couple were walking through Central Park were very nostalgic. Movie legend, Tyrone Power, neither swashed nor buckled here but gave a character portrayal in three dimensions. This is a terrific depiction of someone famous and Power was excellent in the role and made Duchin come alive. His impersonation of the pianist was so good you would swear he is playing piano. The ending scenes with his son are touching and he and the boy played by Rex Thompsone both very moving in them. Get your hankies ready! The other actors and musicians were good too, including Kim Novak who was beautiful and heartbreaking as the doomed young wife.
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 inhis 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.