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Young Man With a Horn (1950)

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Release Date: Feb 9, 1950 Wide

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The life of tragic jazz great Bix Beiderbecke is given the "a clef" treatment in Warner Bros. Young Man With a Horn. Kirk Douglas plays the Beiderbecke character, here named Rick Martin. An ace trumpter player, Martin is one of the few white musicians to flourish in the black-dominated jazz scene of the 1920s. Chafing against the dullness of the "respectable" orchestras for whom he works, Martin finds at least two kindred spirits in the forms of torch singer Jo Jordan (Doris Day) and piano

Apr 26, 2005

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Fine Kirk Douglas character study directed by Curtiz.

July 26, 2007
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Dramatically contrived and thematically feeble.

April 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

a fair example of a somewhat overworked genre.

April 10, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Young Man With a Horn

Kirk Douglas plays a young man with a horn, a trumpet that is. He wants to play jazz, and he struggles through life and his alcoholism and bad love life. An interesting story, and great performance from Kirk. I liked this movie.
October 24, 2010
ajv2688

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Great music, good performances from the three leads.
February 5, 2010
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jay nixon

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Nothing very remarkable here. The story isn't exactly the most interesting or entertaining. The performances are all adequate, with Douglas playing the musician having to chose between the good girl or the bad girl (Doris Day and Lauren Bacall). By the time Bacall's character had departed I had started to get bored of the whole thing and the tag on Hollywood ending. The soundtrack is not bad though with heaps of cool jazz and a couple of Doris Day numbers thrown in, plus there are some nice exterior shots of New York.
March 10, 2009
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