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In Adam's World... The Music Never Stops! See more »
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A famous jazz trumpeter finds himself unable to cope with the problems of everyday life. | Add synopsis »
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Sammy Davis Jr’s overlooked movie
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"Young Man With a Horn" for a cynical, racially-heated era...a decent showcase for the assembled talents See more (6 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Sammy Davis Jr. ... Adam Johnson

Louis Armstrong ... Willie Ferguson

Ossie Davis ... Nelson Davis

Cicely Tyson ... Claudia Ferguson

Frank Sinatra Jr. ... Vincent

Mel Tormé ... Guest Singer at Party) (as Himself)

Peter Lawford ... Manny

Johnny Brown ... Blind Les
George Rhodes ... Leroy
Michael Silva ... George

Ja'net DuBois ... Martha (as Jeanette DuBois)
Michael Lipton ... Bobby Gales
Lola Falana ... Theo
Kai Winding ... Kai Winding

Kenneth Tobey ... Club Owner
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Red - the Sheriff
Carl Lee ... Minor Role
Morris D. Erby ... Minor Role

Michael V. Gazzo
Lester Wilson ... Minor Role
Matt Russo ... Minor Role
Will Hussung ... Judge (as Will Hussing)
Ted Beniades ... Minor Role
Roy Glenn ... Police Detective Sergeant
Don Crabtree ... Minor Role
Elvera Davis ... Minor Role
Brunetta Bernstein ... Minor Role
Nathaniel Adderly ... Trumpet Soloist for Mr. Davis (as Nat Adderly)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Benny Carter ... Benny Carter (uncredited)

Morgan Freeman ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Kirby ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack E. Leonard ... Jack E. Leonard, Party Guest (uncredited)
S. Pearl Sharp ... Party guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Leo Penn 
 
Writing credits
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Lester Pine 
Tina Pine  (as Tina Rome)

Produced by
Merrill S. Brody .... associate producer
Ike Jones .... producer
Joseph E. Levine .... executive producer
James Waters .... producer
 
Original Music by
Benny Carter 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Priestley 
 
Film Editing by
Carl Lerner 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Rosen 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Robert 
 
Costume Design by
Frank L. Thompson 
 
Production Management
Merrill S. Brody .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Vinnie Gerardo .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Newman .... wardrobe master
 
Music Department
Nat Adderley .... musician: trumpet solos (dubbed for Mr. Davis) (uncredited)
 
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Edward Folger .... production assistant
 

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Lola Falana's film debut.See more »
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Manny:You've gotta learn to behave. Discipline. All you have to do is blow your music, grab the money and run. Now I know you've had a lot of tough breaks. You had the accident and we all cried. But that's 10 years now. You've got to snap out of it!See more »
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
"Young Man With a Horn" for a cynical, racially-heated era...a decent showcase for the assembled talents, 1 September 2010
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Sammy Davis Jr. does well with a self-destructive, unlikable role, that of a jazz trumpet player (with the ridiculously Anglo-ized name of Adam Johnson) who finds true love for the first time with a virginal bleeding heart: a sensible civil rights activist who wants to reform the hot-headed musician of his hard liquor and hard-living. Adam, carrying around a multitude of shoulder-chips, lashes out at everybody and never seems to land on his feet; after burning all his bridges, he finds himself at the end of his professional rope--yet the faithful are still hopeful he can make a comeback. Davis mimes the trumpet well enough, but this character is tough to take (if he's not humiliating himself, he's hurting all his loved ones). Much better are Ossie Davis as a friend with a strong center and endless patience, as well as love-interest Cicely Tyson (her sparkling smile is particularly ingratiating, though she has a speech late in the movie about robbing Davis of his manhood that plays all wrong). Mel Tormé stops the show with a terrific rendition of "All That Jazz", while the superb soundtrack and Jack Priestley's gleaming cinematography are first-rate throughout. Director Leo Penn is best at the smaller bits of business; the action happening just left of center is far more interesting than the film's big dramatic moments, which tend to run away from Penn. Worse, the montage-heavy final act is movie-shorthand for the Last Hurrah, a worn-out cliché even in 1966. ** from ****

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