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The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by George Sidney and produced by Jerry Wald and Jonie Taps.

Academy Awards 1956 --- Ceremony Number 29 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyHarry StradlingNominated
Best Music - ScoringMorris Stoloff, George DuningNominated
Best WritingLeo KatcherNominated
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Eddy Duchin: What I want to know is why! Why do they have to destroy a man twice? You work and work and just what do you get? Everything, when it gets too good they take it away.
Eddy Duchin: Oh Chiquita, I don't want to die, I don't.


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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.
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, E.H. Harriman, 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.
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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