Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Young Man with a Horn

1950 American Feature

Cast: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernández, Jerome Cowan, Mary Beth Hughes and Nestor Paiva
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writers: Carl Foreman and Edmund H. North, based on the novel Young Man with a Horn by Dorothy Baker

Thanks to a devoted mentor, the young and idealistic Rick Martin proves to be a musician of the highest caliber. But his life hits a sour note when his troubled marriage, penchant for the bottle and stormy personality threaten to derail a promising career.



  • DVD: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Dorothy Baker's novel Young Man with a Horn, first published in 1938, was loosely based on the life of jazz trumpet player Bix Beiderbecke.
  • Lauren Bacall's character Amy North is hinted at as being a lesbian. When her husband Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas) walks out on her, he calls her "a very sick girl".

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