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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
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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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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Trivia

Kirk Douglas's trumpet licks were performed by Harry James. 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

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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Featured in Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

I May Be Wrong (but I Think You're Wonderful)
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Sullivan (1929)
Lyrics by Harry Ruskin
Sung by Doris Day
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Good Hollywood, but don't confuse this with Bix
23 May 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

A decent Hollywood film, but only if you take it as Hollywood and check reality at the door. It was based on a book that the author, Dorothy Baker, admitted was "inspired" by the life of Bix and his music. Most professional jazz musicians and Bix contemporaries find much of it, especially the search for "high notes," laughable, and an inaccurate portrayal of any musician's life, let alone Bix's. Many of those same people find the film even more flawed...

However, that said, this is good Hollywood. Classic Curtiz work with many of the same nuances you'll find in Casablanca (you'll enjoy the use of smoke and shadow in the b/w environment). It was a film that many of the leads reportedly did not enjoy making (subject matter hit a little too close to home for Hoagy Carmichael and Doris Day), but that does not seem to seep into the film too much. Lauren Bacall satisfyingly fills the role of the sultry wrong woman, Day is terribly wholesome but alluring, and any chance to see Hoagy on screen is worth the price of a rental. Now, if only the Kirk Douglasness of Kirk Douglas could have been turned down a hair...


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