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Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 1 March 1950 (USA)
A young trumpeter enjoys highs (musical success, fame, and fortune) and lows (sour marriage, death of his mentor, bout with alcoholism).

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

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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FROM THE BLAZING BEST-SELLER, A PICTURE WITH A WALLOP...FROM WARNER BROS. See more »


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Jazztrompeter See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Columbia 10-inch studio LP featuring Doris Day and Harry James hit the top spot on "Billboard"'s popular albums chart. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

What Is This Thing Called Love?
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Written by Cole Porter (1930)
Played by uncredited band
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The haunting, melodic sounds of jazz music. Smoky clubs. Beautiful women. A musician's tragic life. And lots and lots of pathos. All the makings of a great film!
3 August 2004 | by musicallowbSee all my reviews

This is a great film with three great actors; Kirk Douglas as Rick Martin, Lauren Bacall as Amy North, AND Doris Day as Jo Jordan. Even though the movie was loosely based on the short and sad life of jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, the ending was written in a more positive light than Bix's tragic real life story. Yet the movie still manages to capture the essence of a tormented musician's existence, the dangers of alcoholism, the deceptions of false love, and the effect Rick Martin's choices have on those around him who love...and hate...him. There's Lauren Bacall and Doris Day...bad girl and good girl...who will he choose? Slinky, seductive, and cat-like Lauren? Or loving, beautiful and wholesome Doris? It's a visual feast with two of Hollywood's most alluring women! And it's an acting tour de force from all involved, including Juano Hernandez as young Rick Martin's African American trumpet mentor, Art Hazzard. It's also a great pathos film, only with an added light-at-the end-of-the-tunnel type of ending. Not necessarily a true to life ending, but it makes for a great story...and an even greater movie. This should definitely be on DVD!


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