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Young Man with a Horn 

After Alice finds Ralph's old cornet in the basement, Ralph remembers lost career chances, and feels discouraged. But a visit from a kindly, elderly millionaire couple who used to live in ... See full summary »

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After Alice finds Ralph's old cornet in the basement, Ralph remembers lost career chances, and feels discouraged. But a visit from a kindly, elderly millionaire couple who used to live in the apartment, shows Ralph that he is still young enough to pursue new opportunities. With Norton's help, Ralph makes a list of all his strong and weak points so that he can correct his faults and become a success. Written by afsnowbird

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24 March 1956 (USA)  »

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The high note Ralph is trying to hit on the cornet (and never quite manages) is "High C". See more »

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Ed Norton: What are you doing there, Ralphie Boy?
Ralph: I'm making a list of all my weak points.
Ed Norton: Oh. Is that all the paper you're going to use?
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Serious tone
27 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The summary line is a pun intended, as Ralph accidentally discovers his old cornet, which Alice wants to get rid of, but he feels a special bond to the instrument which was given to him by his father many years ago. After convincing his wife to keep it around, he complains that he once was interested in becoming a serious musician before giving up on his dream, as he had other big dreams as well, but never pushed through with them, and is obviously unhappy with his current situation. A scene or 2 later, an elderly couple makes a surprising visit to the apartment, as their on a 40th wedding anniversary and they once lived at the same place; Ralph recognizes the man as a famous doughnut store owner, and he gives Ralph a few pointers on how he became successful. After hearing this news, Ralph tells Alice that he wants to be successful, and soon after takes a test for a promotion at the bus company where he works. A little later on, Norton comes over and Ralph tells his friend of his plans, and that he's becoming a more tolerant person overall, and all are happy for him. Ralph asks Norton to list his(Ralph's)bad points, and naturally, he lists several of them, much to Ralph's chagrin; then, he wants his good points listed, for which Norton writes just one sentence, which Ralph says something along the lines of it taking a half hour to list the bad points, but just a few seconds to write the good ones. As Ralph is still angry, he reads the what his friend wrote, and he's very pleased that Norton writes that Ralph is one of the sweetest guys in the world, and Ralph is clearly touched, in what is a nice moment. Norton was also influenced, and also took a test for a promotion himself, and although both men failed their tests and a chance at an upgrade, they should be commended for trying. I'll remember this episode mainly for the touching moment between Ralph and Ed, and how nicely comedy and drama were blended together.


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