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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).

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Rick Martin
... Amy North
... Jo Jordan
... Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby
... Art Hazzard
... Phil Morrison
... Marge Martin
... Louis Galba
Orley Lindgren ... Rick - as a Boy
... 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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"Put down your trumpet, Jazzman-I'm in the mood for love!" See more »


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Der Jazztrompeter  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released in Australia as "Young Man with a Trumpet" on censorship grounds. At at time the word "horn" in that country was slang for the male erection. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Rick Martin: I'm not going to be tied down to anybody or anything. From now on, I'm playing it my way.
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Remade as Bix (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Moanin' Low
(uncredited)
Music by Ralph Rainger (1929)
Performed by Juano Hernandez (dubbed by Jimmy Zito)
Used instrumentally in score throughout film
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Fascinating, reverent jazz film
31 August 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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