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Young Man with a Horn (1950)

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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
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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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Doris Day wrote that she was unhappy making this film, which brought back stressful memories of her early career as a band singer, and also because Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall (having dated at one time in real life) seemed to intentionally shut her out, making her feel unwelcome. 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: I don't understand a word you're saying, but I love the sound of your voice.
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Soundtracks

Lovin' Sam (The Sheik of Alabam)
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Music by Milton Ager (1922)
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung by Hoagy Carmichael and Kirk Douglas
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Fascinating, reverent jazz film
31 August 1999 | by (Maryland) – See all my reviews

A film that treats jazz as the star. Wonderful music, with great playing by Harry James. Even the theme of art versus commercialism is handled sensitively. Hoagy Carmichael is great, and Doris Day shows her big band roots with some beautiful numbers. Throw in a totally off-beat, dark performance by Lauren Bacall, and you have a unique film experience. While some might argue with the upbeat ending -- the film is loosely based on the tragic life of Bix Beiderbeck -- I found it to be a moving appreciation of the quest of jazz musicians for truth in music, and the underlying sadness that gives some of the greatest jazz its depth.


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