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The music was played by pianist Carmen Cavallero in his own style. He had a completely different, and more technically precise, style of playing than Eddy Duchin had. If you listen to recordings by both this is clearly evident.
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The Central Park Casino was portrayed in the movie by the famed Tavern on the Green, also located in Central Park, since by the time of filming in the mid-50s the Casino was long gone.
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Tyrone Power found Kim Novak difficult to work with.
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Both Joan Fontaine and Eva Marie Saint were tested for the role of Marjorie. George Sidney preferred the younger Kim Novak.
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The characters of "Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Wadsworth" are fictionalized versions of the real-life Mr. and Mrs. W. Averall Harriman, Marjorie Duchin's uncle and aunt. Averell Harriman was the heir to his father's, George Herriman, railroad fortune, and devoted most of his life to public service, including stints as US ambassador to the Soviet Union and to the Paris Peace talks during the Vietnam War. At the time "The Eddy Duchin Story" was released (1956), Harriman was in the midst of his term (1955-1959) as Governor of New York, and was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination that year.
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In an interview, Geoffrey Rush refers to the Tyrone Power film The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), which is about the life story of the famous pianist and band-leader of the 1930s and 1940s. Rush had seen and remembered this film before he portrayed pianist David Helfgott in Shine (1996). The film Shine (1996) was actually first released in the 40th Anniversary year of The Eddy Duchin Story (1956).
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Andrew Paul Smith, who played the young clarinetist and Peter's friend, mimed his playing. George W. Smith, who was the actual player and Andrew Paul Smith's father, was first chair clarinet in the Columbia Studios Orchestra. Andrew Paul Smith had no further involvement in the motion picture or television industry in any form after appearing in The Eddie Duchin Story. (information supplied by Michael W. Smith, brother of Andrew)
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In the Post-WWII sequences, Eddy drives a 1946 Lincoln Continental Convertible, which originally sold for around $4500, and which is now valued, in top condition, at over $80,000.
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Duchin's first wife was Marjorie Oelrichs, a cousin of Blanche Oelrichs, the wife of John Barrymore. As a young man living in New York, Tyrone Power was very close to the Barrymore family and was required by Blanche to be at her weekly salon gatherings.
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From 1946 onward, after Eddy returns from World War II, all of the women's hair styles and clothing, particularly those of Victoria Shaw, are strictly 1956, often quite distant and different from those actually worn by women in the period actually being depicted. And in just about every scene in which automobiles are involved, contemporary mid-1950s models can be seen all too prominently in the background.
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" The Eddy Duchin Story " was the 12th highest grossing movie of 1956.
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