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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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Complete credited cast:
Amy North
Jo Jordan
Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby
Juano Hernandez ...
Art Hazzard
Phil Morrison
Marge Martin
Louis Galba
Orley Lindgren ...
Rick - as a Boy
Jack Chandler


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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Release Date:

9 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazztrompeter  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The Columbia 10-inch studio LP featuring Doris Day and Harry James hit the top spot on "Billboard"'s popular albums chart. 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 »


Rick Martin: I don't understand a word you're saying, but I love the sound of your voice.
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Referenced in The Streets of San Francisco: Pilot (1972) See more »


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Music by George Gershwin (1927)
Part played by Kirk Douglas (dubbed by Harry James)
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The Rise and Fall of a Musician Divided between Two Loves
30 November 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the 30's, the outcast orphan Rick Martin (Orley Lindgren) is raised by his daughter without any care or love. One day, he overhears a song in a mission and owner of absolute pitch, he is capable to play it on the piano. When he sees a trumpet in a pawnshop, he falls in love with the instrument and works to raise the necessary money to buy it.

One day, he meets the legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard (Juano Hernandez) and Rick (Kirk Douglas) becomes his protégée. Art teaches how to play trumpet to Rick that becomes a well succeeded but rebel trumpeter. Along his career, Rick Martin's friends are Art Hazzard, the piano player Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby (Hoagy Carmichael) and the singer Jo Jordan (Doris Day) and becomes the star of his orchestra. When Jo introduces her friend Amy North (Lauren Bacall), who is a medical student that loves to experience new sensations, Rick falls in love with her in the beginning of his downfall.

"Young Man with a Horn" is a beautiful movie by Michael Curtiz that tells the story of the rise and fall of a musician divided between his two loves: his trumpet and a woman. The story is basically divided in two parts – the first one before Lauren Bacall's character is uplifting, with the story of a boy that becomes a star through his friendship with a great trumpeter and his music, and the second part that is heartbreaking with his unrequited love by a strange woman. The performances are top-notch; the music score is magnificent; and the cinematography in black and white is wonderful. The cast seems to be enlightened and it is almost to highlight a performance - Orley Lindgren, Juano Hernandez, Kirk Douglas, Hoagy Carmichael, Doris Day and Lauren Bacall, they are all fantastic. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Êxito Fugaz" ("Rapid Success")

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