A young trumpet player is torn between an honest singer and a manipulative heiress.


Michael Curtiz


Carl Foreman (screenplay), Edmund H. North (screenplay) | 1 more credit »





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


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


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This was only the fourth film in which Doris Day appeared, and the first role to challenge Day's dramatic abilities. Director Michael Curtiz was impressed enough with her work to recommend that Warner Brothers consider casting her in a straight dramatic role. His suggestion won Day her meatiest part yet, that of Ginger Rogers' younger sister (who dies at the hands of the KKK) in 1951's Storm Warning. See more »


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 »


Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby: We were in the thankless business of piecing little notes and phrases of music together into a mumbo jumbo that somehow turned out to be jazz. Strictly off the cuff; but, a lot of fun.
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Referenced in The Flying Nun: Young Man with a Cornette (1967) See more »


Someone to Watch Over Me
Music by George Gershwin (1926)
Played by "Phil Morrison Orchestra" with Kirk Douglas (dubbed by Harry James)
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Music and life
27 May 2017 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Rick Martin is a young boy who finds the love for music after his mother dies. The trumpet becomes his instrument, and he learns to play it from an old master called Art Hazzard. Young Man with a Horn from 1950 is directed by Michael Curtiz. Rick Martin is first played by Orley Lindgren, then by Kirk Douglas. Lauren Bacall plays his troubled wife Amy North. Doris Day is the singer friend Jo Jordan. Hoagy Carmichael is the pianist friend Willie 'Smoke' Willoughby. Juano Hernandez portrays Art Hazzard. The cast is quite superb. Douglas does excellent job in the lead. Especially when Rick starts having problems with the alcohol, then Kirk really has to act. And that he does really well! I think the movie becomes more interesting when it portrays all those problems this young man starts having. Problems with marriage, drinking. When it's not just about music and how good he is at it. Bacall's performance is very film noir, which works fairly good in this movie. Day is very touching in the caring she has for her friend. And she can really sing, which we all knew! If you're a fan of the main trio, if you like good music, if you like drama you should see this movie.

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1 March 1950 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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