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Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 9 February 1950 (USA)
A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

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Rick Martin
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Amy North
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Jo Jordan
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Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby
Juano Hernandez ...
Art Hazzard
Jerome Cowan ...
Phil Morrison
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Marge Martin
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Louis Galba
Orley Lindgren ...
Rick - as a Boy
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Jack Chandler
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Aimless youth Rick Martin learns he has a gift for music and falls in love with the trumpet. Legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard takes Rick under his wing and teaches him all he knows about playing. To the exclusion of anything else in life, Rick becomes a star trumpeter, but his volatile personality and desire to play jazz rather than the restricted tunes of the bands he works for lands him in trouble. Written by Jerry Milani <jmilani@ix.netcom.com>

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A White-Hot Drama about a Red-Hot Jazzman!


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9 February 1950 (USA)  »

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Der Jazztrompeter  »

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 3, 1952 with Kirk Douglas reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Early in the movie when young Rick Martin is walking on the street, a car pulls up to the intersection. Although it on screen only for a moment, it appears to be late 1940s or early 1950s Hudson. This would match the time that the movie was made but would not be right for a boy who ages 15-20 years to become Rick Martin the man. See more »

Quotes

Rick Martin: [to Amy] You're like those carnival joints I used to work in. Big flash on the outside, but on the inside nothing but filth.
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Referenced in The Honeymooners: Young Man with a Horn (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Can't We Be Friends?
(uncredited)
Music by Kay Swift (1929)
Played by Kirk Douglas (dubbed by Harry James)
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The haunting, melodic sounds of jazz music. Smoky clubs. Beautiful women. A musician's tragic life. And lots and lots of pathos. All the makings of a great film!
3 August 2004 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

This is a great film with three great actors; Kirk Douglas as Rick Martin, Lauren Bacall as Amy North, AND Doris Day as Jo Jordan. Even though the movie was loosely based on the short and sad life of jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, the ending was written in a more positive light than Bix's tragic real life story. Yet the movie still manages to capture the essence of a tormented musician's existence, the dangers of alcoholism, the deceptions of false love, and the effect Rick Martin's choices have on those around him who love...and hate...him. There's Lauren Bacall and Doris Day...bad girl and good girl...who will he choose? Slinky, seductive, and cat-like Lauren? Or loving, beautiful and wholesome Doris? It's a visual feast with two of Hollywood's most alluring women! And it's an acting tour de force from all involved, including Juano Hernandez as young Rick Martin's African American trumpet mentor, Art Hazzard. It's also a great pathos film, only with an added light-at-the end-of-the-tunnel type of ending. Not necessarily a true to life ending, but it makes for a great story...and an even greater movie. This should definitely be on DVD!


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