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Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  9 February 1950 (USA)
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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
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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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Trivia

Kirk Douglas' 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 »

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Rick Martin: [to Amy] What a dope I was. I thought you were class, like a real high note you only hit once in a lifetime.
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Baby Face
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Music by Harry Akst (1926)
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This trumpet is part of me, the best part!.
25 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Young Man With A Horn is inspired by the sad life of jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke, a sad life because Bix would succumb to alcoholism and pass away at the age of 28.

Rick Martin {Kirk Douglas} is the fictional character of the piece, the film is told in flashbacks of Martin's life thru the nostalgic reminiscence of pianist Smoke Willoughby {Hoagy Carmichael}.

Young Man With A Horn is very much a film of three parts, the first half firmly establishes Rick's love of music from an early age, his tutelage from mentor Art Hazzard {Juan Hernandez} is fully formed and completely fleshes out Rick's character. We are then privy to the middle part of his life as he forms a bond with Smoke and band singer Jo Jordon {an ebullient and charming Doris Day}, Rick is happy, his love of music taking priority over outside interests, but then Amy North {a swishing Lauren Bacall} enters his life, and here the film switches firmly into a melodramatic piece, and certainly it's a switch that pays off as the end credit looms large.

The directing from Michael Curtiz is very good and the photography from Ted McCord captures the smoke filled nature of jazz clubs perfectly, whilst the acting from all is never less than above average. Some may find it hard to accept Kirk Douglas in the leading role, and certainly at first glance he looks oddly out of place with a trumpet at his lips, but he studied under trumpeter Larry Sullivan and convinces as a viable trumpet player {the actual music is dubbed by Harry James}. The music of course is excellent, and as long as one is prepared for the melodramatic turn of events, Young Man With A Horn is a very rewarding piece, just remember that it is, however, far from being a true biographical story of the tragic Bix Beiderbecke. 8/10


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