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Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 1 March 1950 (USA)
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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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Taglines:

TWO WOMEN WITH A TORCH...and a young man with a horn! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Man with a Horn 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

At least three times you can see trumpeters using mutes different from those on the soundtrack. For example, in the Christmas Eve scene Rick is shown using a Harmon mute and Harry James' dub of the tune is with a cup mute. 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: I don't understand a word you're saying, but I love the sound of your voice.
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Connections

Referenced in Elvis Mitchell: Under the Influence: Richard Gere (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I May Be Wrong (but I Think You're Wonderful)
(uncredited)
Music by Henry Sullivan (1929)
Lyrics by Harry Ruskin
Sung by Doris Day
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Good Hollywood, but don't confuse this with Bix
23 May 2004 | by cd_sixSee all my reviews

A decent Hollywood film, but only if you take it as Hollywood and check reality at the door. It was based on a book that the author, Dorothy Baker, admitted was "inspired" by the life of Bix and his music. Most professional jazz musicians and Bix contemporaries find much of it, especially the search for "high notes," laughable, and an inaccurate portrayal of any musician's life, let alone Bix's. Many of those same people find the film even more flawed...

However, that said, this is good Hollywood. Classic Curtiz work with many of the same nuances you'll find in Casablanca (you'll enjoy the use of smoke and shadow in the b/w environment). It was a film that many of the leads reportedly did not enjoy making (subject matter hit a little too close to home for Hoagy Carmichael and Doris Day), but that does not seem to seep into the film too much. Lauren Bacall satisfyingly fills the role of the sultry wrong woman, Day is terribly wholesome but alluring, and any chance to see Hoagy on screen is worth the price of a rental. Now, if only the Kirk Douglasness of Kirk Douglas could have been turned down a hair...


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