A young trumpet player is torn between an honest singer and a manipulative heiress.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Carl Foreman (screenplay), Edmund H. North (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
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
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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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This was only the fourth film in which Doris Day appeared, and the first role to challenge Day's dramatic abilities. Director Michael Curtiz was impressed enough with her work to recommend that Warner Brothers consider casting her in a straight dramatic role. His suggestion won Day her meatiest part yet, that of Ginger Rogers' younger sister (who dies at the hands of the KKK) in 1951's Storm Warning. See more »

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In the final scene which takes place in a recording studio, the reaction shot of Hoagy Carmichael is actually taken from an earlier scene in a dance hall. See more »

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Jo Jordan: Good night, you night owls.
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Featured in What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar (2009) See more »

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'S Wonderful
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Music by George Gershwin (1927)
Part played by Kirk Douglas (dubbed by Harry James)
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The Rise and Fall of a Musician Divided between Two Loves
30 November 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 30's, the outcast orphan Rick Martin (Orley Lindgren) is raised by his daughter without any care or love. One day, he overhears a song in a mission and owner of absolute pitch, he is capable to play it on the piano. When he sees a trumpet in a pawnshop, he falls in love with the instrument and works to raise the necessary money to buy it.

One day, he meets the legendary trumpeter Art Hazzard (Juano Hernandez) and Rick (Kirk Douglas) becomes his protégée. Art teaches how to play trumpet to Rick that becomes a well succeeded but rebel trumpeter. Along his career, Rick Martin's friends are Art Hazzard, the piano player Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby (Hoagy Carmichael) and the singer Jo Jordan (Doris Day) and becomes the star of his orchestra. When Jo introduces her friend Amy North (Lauren Bacall), who is a medical student that loves to experience new sensations, Rick falls in love with her in the beginning of his downfall.

"Young Man with a Horn" is a beautiful movie by Michael Curtiz that tells the story of the rise and fall of a musician divided between his two loves: his trumpet and a woman. The story is basically divided in two parts – the first one before Lauren Bacall's character is uplifting, with the story of a boy that becomes a star through his friendship with a great trumpeter and his music, and the second part that is heartbreaking with his unrequited love by a strange woman. The performances are top-notch; the music score is magnificent; and the cinematography in black and white is wonderful. The cast seems to be enlightened and it is almost to highlight a performance - Orley Lindgren, Juano Hernandez, Kirk Douglas, Hoagy Carmichael, Doris Day and Lauren Bacall, they are all fantastic. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Êxito Fugaz" ("Rapid Success")


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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