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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
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Marge Martin
Nestor Paiva ...
Louis Galba
Orley Lindgren ...
Rick as a Boy
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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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Features one of the earliest references to homosexuality. The character of Amy played by Lauren Bacall is suppose to be a lesbian, which is why Rick, played by Kirk Douglas, walks out on her telling her that she is "a very sick girl". 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'm not going to be tied down to anybody or anything. From now on, I'm playing it my way.
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Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
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Music by Franz Gruber (1818)
Played by Kirk Douglas (dubbed by Harry James)
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This dark musical adventure was on key!
25 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Young Man With A Horn" is a classy, yet very dark film. I was glued to my chair from beginning to end. In a sense, it's a case study of a man obsessed by the only true meaning he has found in life.

Kirk Douglas plays (Rick Martin) who was an orphan left to fend for himself. His mother was an alcoholic. He would roam the streets at night looking for a sense of meaning. One night he came upon a nightclub and was taken back by the music. Through the window he heard the sound that would change his life.

The trumpet player Art Hazzard, played by (Juano Hernandez), Befriended Rick. He taught him to play the trumpet and became a father figure to him. From that point on Rick lived and breathed the trumpet.

As he grew older he put his skills to good use and joined several bands. He never really found meaning in the style of the day. His true love was jazz. He would work all day then play all night in the black Jazz clubs. Along the way he made a few friends.

One girl of interest was Jo Jordan, Played by (Doris Day). She was the lead singer with the swing band he was working for. Jo later introduced Rick to a friend of hers by the name of Amy North, (Lauren Bacall). Rick was fascinated with her. He really couldn't put a finger on it, but there was something about her.

Lauren Bacall was wonderful as a woman born into wealth yet totally empty inside. She is a woman with no direction who starts things in life but is never motivated to finish what she starts. That is a bad recipe for Rick who has found a calling in life but has become obsessed with it. The two are poison for each other. Amy's jealousy leads her to despise Ricks musical gift. The fact that Amy won't respect his obsession, leads Rick to the bottle. Things go from bad to worse.

This was a wonderful film with actors who were at the top of their game. It really doesn't get any better then this. I highly recommend it.


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