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Young Man with a Horn
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Carl Foreman (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
1 March 1950 (USA) See more »
A White-Hot Drama about a Red-Hot Jazzman! See more »
A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism). Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Fascinating, reverent jazz film See more (54 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Rick Martin

Lauren Bacall ... Amy North

Doris Day ... Jo Jordan

Hoagy Carmichael ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Aldrich ... Doorman (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
John Breen ... Bartender (uncredited)

Paul Brinegar ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Bridget Brown ... Dancing Girl (uncredited)

Paul E. Burns ... First Pawnbroker (uncredited)

Frank Cady ... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

Steve Carruthers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Hugh Charles ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Dick Cogan ... Interne at Bellevue (uncredited)
Herschel Daugherty ... Attendant (uncredited)
Paul Dubov ... Maxie (uncredited)
David Dunbar ... Alcoholic Bum (uncredited)
Jay Eaton ... Café Guest (uncredited)
Ted Eckelberry ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Lewell Enge ... Moll (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Patron at Galba's (uncredited)

Alex Gerry ... Dr. Weaver (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Mission Song Leader (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Helene Heigh ... Tweedy Woman (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Lou Herbert ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Charles Horvath ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Ivor James ... Boy Banjoist (uncredited)
Lorna Jordon ... Moll (uncredited)
Sid Kane ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Katharine Kurasch ... Miss Carson (uncredited)
Joseph La Cava ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Murray Leonard ... Bartender (uncredited)

Keye Luke ... Ramundo the Houseboy (uncredited)
Vivian Mallah ... Moll (uncredited)
Hugh Murray ... Doctor at Bellevue (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Café Guest (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Man at Train Station / Café Guest (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Robert A. O'Neil ... Bum (uncredited)
Marg Pemberton ... Checkroom Girl (uncredited)

Dean Riesner ... Joe (uncredited)
Larry Rio ... Owner (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)

Dan Seymour ... Mike (uncredited)
Jack Shea ... Nurse at Weaver Sanatarium (uncredited)
Zutty Singleton ... Musician (uncredited)

Jean Spangler ... Hula Dancer (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Burk Symon ... Second Pawnbroker (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Black Minister (uncredited)
George Washington ... Musician (uncredited)
Julius Wechter ... Boy Drummer (uncredited)
Wilson Wood ... Young Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
Writing credits
Carl Foreman (screenplay) and
Edmund H. North (screenplay)

Dorothy Baker (novel)

Produced by
Jerry Wald .... producer
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord  (as Ted McCord)
Film Editing by
Alan Crosland Jr. 
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Betty Delmont .... hair stylist (uncredited)
John Wallace .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Curtiz .... second unit director (as David C. Gardner)
Sherry Shourds .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Robert Turner .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Burnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
William Classen .... grip (uncredited)
Ellsworth Fredericks .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Jeanette Storck .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
David Curtiz .... montage (as David C. Gardner)
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
Harry James .... musical advisor
Harry James .... musician: dubbed Kirk Douglas' trumpet playing
Ray Heindorf .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Norman Stuart .... dialogue director
Jimmy Zito .... trumpet playing: Juano Hernandez
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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112 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #14000) | West Germany:12 (f) (cut)

Did You Know?

The Columbia 10-inch studio LP featuring Doris Day and Harry James hit the top spot on "Billboard"'s popular albums chart.See more »
Anachronisms: 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:[to Amy] What a dope I was. I thought you were class, like a real high note you only hit once in a lifetime.See more »
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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating, reverent jazz film, 31 August 1999
Author: Joel-61 from Maryland

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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