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
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A White-Hot Drama about a Red-Hot Jazzman!
Did You Know?
Although the Hayes Censorship Code required it to be very subtle, this film contains a reference to homosexuality: the character of Amy played by Lauren Bacall
is lesbian, which is why Rick, played by 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
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
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Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
Traditional (circa 1865)
Lyrics by Henry Thacker Burleigh
Sung by a chorus See more