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  • Actors: Tyrone Power, Kim Novak, Victoria Shaw, James Whitmore, Rex Thompson
  • Directors: George Sidney
  • Writers: Leo Katcher, Samuel A. Taylor
  • Producers: Jerry Wald, Jonie Taps
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 16, 2002
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000068QJP
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Eddy Duchin Story" on IMDb

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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 ofa "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.

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The era of the 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 1940s. 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 about 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.

Customer Reviews

The music is great.
Harvey Brosler
If you can't find the CD, there's music a-plenty on the DVD!
Coleen
My 40 year old son loved it.
JOAN MONTANO

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55 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Coleen on April 7, 2005
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I first saw this as a rental, and immediately after watching it I searched Amazon for the authentic Original Soundtrack and found it! - a "Like New" CD from Japan. (Be warned: The CD, "The Eddie Duchin Story" is NOT the soundtrack to this movie. On the real soundtrack, Carmen Cavallaro plays the piano - you can find it by doing a search on the Song, "Dizzy Fingers"). Then, I ordered this DVD!! I KNEW I'd want to watch it again and again through the years! Tyrone Power is GREAT as pianist, Eddie Duchin. Kim Novak is excellent as his first wife. I didn't catch who plays his son, but he's wonderful, in spite of his British accent(!) Filmed on location in NYC in the 1950's, Manhattan is absolutely beautiful. The story has plenty of teary-eyed moments, but the real star of the show, however, is the MUSIC. It's unique and delightful music! When I rented it, I watched it twice, the second time immediately after the first, because I HAD to hear that enchanting music again. Buy the DVD, then look for the The Soundtrack Album (imported from Japan - I paid 23 dollars for mine, but it is worth every cent)! If you can't find the CD, there's music a-plenty on the DVD! Highly recommended!
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 19, 2000
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I happened to catch this movie last night on AMC. I'd never heard of Eddy Duchin, now I'd like to hear more. The soundtrack to this movie is wonderful; you get the feeling you're watching George Gershwin (whom I initially thought the movie was about) during the moving, swinging piano and big band sequences. Tyrone Power was never better; he was a friend of Eddy Duchin in real life and sadly enough passed away 3 years after the filming of this movie. He was 45; Eddy Duchin was only 42 when he died. Tender love story that tells us all you can fall in love twice. But the music is what makes this film, Carmen Cavallaro does the dubbing of the piano and is terrific. a must see for any music fan!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Henry on March 14, 2004
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There is a peculiar irony in the necessity of producing a movie depicting civilized culture during a time when culture was still civilized. It no longer is. The barbarians are no longer at the gates, they occupy the essential seats of power. This sensitive, riveting look at a real-life musician sensation is polished, enjoyable moviemaking at its best. It is the account of a gifted man pursuing The Good Life, only to find that attaining one's dreams/ambitions is only the first layer of real life - a layer that paradoxically must be shed if life's core is to be attained. The protagonist of this epic runs headlong into life's limitations laid on him by God, circumstance and his own limited vision of happiness and love.
"The Eddy Duchin Story" has a universal quality about it in its theme of recognizing, then reconciling oneself to, the "plot" of one's own mysterious life. And like another moving classic, "The Razor's Edge," Tyrone Power masterfully portrays the hero of an elusive chase for joy and meaning in life, and the discovery that mature happiness lay in wait for us beyond the shattered dreams of our youth. It helps that the protagonist really lived, so that we feel this film goes beyond mere idle artistic speculation. We also feel the intrinsic fascination toward a celebrity of soaring talent who has captured the acclaim of Society in his day.
The entertainment value of the film is fully equal to its message. The breathtaking popular music permeating the movie is anything but gratuitous, woven logically and elegantly into the story line.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By William Combs on November 8, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The movie was and is a definitive of the music of the time.I grew up listening to music from many eras and Eddy Duchin seems to have presented himself well for the time. Tyrone Power portrays what had to be a hard part to play. The loss of Mr. Duchin's wife and his early alienation of his son is well acted. I did not know much about the man but listening and watching this movie is more than a filling story.The music and storyline is well done. I'd like to see Hollywood look into more stories like this and even remakes of great stories portraying musicians that brought joy and music to all our ears.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "cjrogan2003" on February 11, 2004
Format: DVD
This beautiful story in breathtaking Technicolor stars Kim Novak (fresh from her hot performance in Picnic) and Tyrone Power as the title role of the legendary 1930s pianist. The 1940s and 1950s produced some of the most visually beautiful movies ever made, and this (along with Picnic) are some of the best examples of it.
This movie was made in 1956 by Columbia, after Tyrone left his contract with Fox. So far, only one of his major titles, The Mark of Zorro, has been released. I'd like to see The Rains Came, Blood and Sand, The Black Swan, The Razor's Edge and Captain from Castile on DVD: Fox, enough of these 1950s CinemaScope titles that are in DeLuxe Color, evidently inferior to Technicolor! Let's release all of Tyrone Power's movies on DVD now! I don't care what the AFI says, but Tyrone Power is the greatest actor of the 20th century (WHY was he and Errol Flynn left out of the list in favor of Sidney Poitier and James Dean)?
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