For the jazz devotee this is nearly two hours of top trumpet notes. For the regular filmgoer, it is good drama.

For the jazz devotee this is nearly two hours of top trumpet notes. For the regular filmgoer, it is good drama.

Kirk Douglas’ single-minded concentration on a horn and the notes that come from it sets the character up for an eventual downfall, but after events carry him down to alcoholic skidrow, a happy ending rounds out the film.

Topnotch scripting job adapts the Dorothy Baker novel, and Michael Curtiz’ direction misses no bets in walloping over all the drama and heart-tugs.

Douglas falls for Lauren Bacall and the marriage that results falls apart, he hits the bottle and winds up a drunk, only to be saved by the wholesome affection that band canary Doris Day has had for him over the years.

Young Man with a Horn

Production

Warner. Director Michael Curtiz; Producer Jerry Wald; Screenplay Carl Foreman, Edmund H. North; Camera Ted McCord; Editor Alan Crosland Jr; Music Ray Heindorf (dir.)

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 111 MIN.

With

Kirk Douglas Lauren Bacall Doris Day Hoagy Carmichael Juano Hernandez
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