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Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  9 February 1950 (USA)
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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
Mary Beth Hughes ...
Marge Martin
Nestor Paiva ...
Louis Galba
Orley Lindgren ...
Rick - as a Boy
Walter Reed ...
Jack Chandler
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Storyline

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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(RCA Sound System)

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The film contains a reference to homosexuality, although the Hays Office--the industry's censor--required any mention of it be subtle. the character of Amy (Lauren Bacall) is lesbian, which is why Rick (Kirk Douglas) walks out on her telling her that she is "a very sick girl". Many decades later, Bacall told a Turner Classic Movies interviewer that the reference was so subtle (and she was then so young and naive) that she didn't understand until years later that the character she played was supposed to be lesbian. See more »

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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

Attendant: I'm afraid it's pneumonia. Think you oughtta get him to a hospital.
Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby: Well, why didn't you send him to a hospital?
Attendant: We didn't have any authorization.
Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby: You got it now.
[takes pen and paper out; writes; hands paper to attendant]
Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby: Get an ambulance; I'm taking him out of here. And call these numbers - tell 'em to get down here right away.
Attendant: [looking at paper] Mrs Martin - is that his wife?
Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby: Yes.
Attendant: And the other one?
Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby: She's *not* his wife.
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Soundtracks

Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 2 in E Flat Major
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played on the piano by Amy
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A very good film that after a while seemed to go on too long.
1 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Kirk Douglas played a very eager musician who just adored music--particularly when he was able to cut loose from convention and just put his heart into the music. Throughout much of the film, his one abiding love was his trumpet and only towards the end of the film is this love shaken.

I really enjoyed this film, as it was quite a departure for Kirk Douglas to play a jazz-loving trumpet player. The supporting performances were very good (particularly the performances by Hoagy Charmichael and Juano Hernandez) I also found myself enjoying the music quite a bit even though I have never liked jazz.

Yet despite my liking this movie very much, there was a problem with the film and that was that the film lasted a bit too long. The last 2 minutes of the film could easily been condensed, as the long "I'm depressed and feel sorry for myself" routine just seemed to drag and was so atypical of the rest of the film.

By the way, for 1950 this was an amazing film in the way it handles race. Unlike other films of the time, Whites and Blacks interact more or less as equals and there is friendship between Douglas and Hernandez--something you take for granted in films nowadays, but for 1950 it was a amazing and very much appreciated.

By the way, though it often goes by without mention, but the cinematography in this black & white film was amazing--very, very artistic and just beautiful. It reminded me a lot of Film Noir combined with the sensibilities of Ansel Adams.


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