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In Reply to: RE: Last night: "Nightmare Alley", 1947 posted by Victor Khomenko on June 15, 2018 at 07:18:53
This 1956 movie with Tyrone Power as Eddy Duchin is very good. The Piano music is great.
...not as much for its artistic merits, mainly due to its look into history.
It immediately spurred some reading. Probably not many know that his wife was ostracized after her marriage - how dared she to marry a Jewish musician?
He died at just 41. Power did credible job "playing" piano, you could easily see it was fake, but still credible, good enough to maintain the mood.
I remember the film. Mainly due to a trip I took to LA with my grandmother. We stayed with one of her good friends who was a retired concert pianist. She took us to meet a distant relative. He lived in a nice smaller home next to Bob Hope's mansion. He played numerous musical instruments and taught actors how to fake playing. He mentions teaching Power for this role.
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