Young Man With a Horn
Biography / Drama
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Kirk Douglas as Rick Martin
Lauren Bacall as Amy North
Doris Day as Jo Jordan
Hoagy Carmichael as Willie Willoughby
Juano Hernandez as Art Hazzard
Jerome Cowan as Phil Morrison
Mary Beth Hughes as Marge Martin
Nestor Paiva as Louis Galba
Orley Lindgren as Young Rick
Walter Reed as Jack Chandler
Jean Spangler as an extra
A Warner Brothers release, Young Man With a Horn is a dramatic film released in 1950, directed by Michael Curtiz. The plot is loosely based on a biographical novel about Bix Beiderbecke, jazz cornetist.
Rick Martin is driven to play music, and as a young boy works in a bowling alley in order to earn the money he needs to buy a trumpet from a pawn shop. He is tutored by Art Hazzard, a jazz musician, and becomes an excellent musician, and finds a job playing for Jack Chandler’s big band orchestra.
When Rick organizes a jam session between sets with the orchestra, he is fired by Chandler for not always playing the music exactly as it was written. Jo Jordan, the band’s singer who has fallen for Rick, finds him a job in New York with another orchestra.
While playing, Rick meets Amy, a friend of Jo’s, and the two get married, despite the fact the Amy asserts that she is incapable of feeling love. Amy is studying to be a psychiatrist, but fails in her attempt. Rick and Amy’s relationship is fraught with arguments and eventually the two are divorced.
Consumed by anger and depression Rick resorts to drinking and argues with his friend and mentor, Art Hazzard, and before he can apologize Art is killed when he is struck by a car.
At this point Rick descends even further into alcoholism until Jo reenters his life
According to Kirk Douglas, “Recently my son Michael called me from the United Nations, where he was attending a meeting. And he said, ‘Dad, I met a guy from Africa who is probably the world’s best trumpet player, and he said to me, ‘You know, after I saw your father in Young Man with a Horn, I became interested in the trumpet.’”
Young Man With a Horn - Trailer