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Young Man with a Horn [DVD] [1950]

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  • Actors: Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernandez
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Producers: Jerry Wald
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P5YCO0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,694 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Doris Day, Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall star in this white-hot drama about a red-hot Jazzman. With a second hand trumprt and the loving guidance of a brilliant bluesman, a lonely boy grows into manhood as a superb musician whose talent carries him forward from honky-tonks to posh supper clubs. But his desperate search for the elusive high note trapped in his mind but impossible to play starts him on a boozy downward slide. Charged with dynamic performances by Kirk Douglas (the title role), Doris Day, Lauren Bacall and Hoagy Carmichael and pitch perfect direction from Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) this film is a feast of hot, cool, moody jazz. Legendary Harry James dubbed Douglas' hornwork. Day brings another fine instrument - her voice - to four standards. Movie and Music lovers will be glad to meet this Man.

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Although stated as so, this movie from 1950 has little to do with Bix Beiderbeck. It
does, especially in the early stages of the film, contain a suggestion or two of the horn players early life, and there are a few other parallels throughout, but this film (directed by Michael Curtiz -'Casablanca', 'Yankee Doodle Dandy', 'White Christmas'),is not a full biopic. Most of the movie is anyway, set in a period well after Bix's heyday. Furthermore, in the movie Douglas is shown throughout playing a B-Flat trumpet whereas Bix's principal instrument was the cornet. (He also played piano).
Having said that, it is a great musical entertainment for lovers of the dance band/jazz period between the 1920s and early 40s and sits well alongside 'Orchestra Wives' , 'Sunset Serenade', 'The Benny Goodman Story' and the like. Essentially the movie is a romance with music. There is a good star line-up - Kirk Douglas, Doris Day, Lauren Bacall not to mention Hoagy Carmichael - for real - on the piano. It's Kirk on the horn, (you are actually listening to Harry James)and he makes a very passable job of simulated trumpet playing; one of the best I've seen and certainly a big improvement on George Montgomery's effort in 'Orchestra Wives'! Doris Days singing is - well, just great (like Sinatra, she never sang off key in her whole career),
It's a nice film - no, it's a terrific absorbing film, rather 'dark' at times, which captures the atmosphere of the time - a period of late night smoke filled supper clubs, talented musicians, minor villains, and some great jazz; a film you will enjoy for the music - and maybe the strong story line too.
The movie calls for a considerable amount of dramatic acting from all concerned, eventually leading to a poignant, satisfying climax that had me reaching - just in case - for the Kleenex box - so watch out!
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This is one of the classic jazz films with Kirk Douglas miming very well
to the trumpet of Harry James. Loosely based on the life of Bix Beiderbeke. A real Hollywood Classic.
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A superbly atmospheric movie with wonderful jazz singing out through smoke filled clubs. A great performance from Kirk Douglas as the young genius musician battling with his love of the trumpet and his infatuation with an unstable socialite. Should be regarded as a classic and Kirks best non action movie!!
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Young Man With A Horn is inspired by the sad life of jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke, a sad life because Bix would succumb to alcoholism and pass away at the age of 28.

Rick Martin {Kirk Douglas} is the fictional character of the piece, the film is told in flashbacks of Martin's life thru the nostalgic reminiscence of pianist Smoke Willoughby {Hoagy Carmichael}.

Young Man With A Horn is very much a film of three parts, the first half firmly establishes Rick's love of music from an early age, his tutelage from mentor Art Hazzard {Juan Hernandez} is fully formed and completely fleshes out Rick's character. We are then privy to the middle part of his life as he forms a bond with Smoke and band singer Jo Jordon {an ebullient and charming Doris Day}, Rick is happy, his love of music taking priority over outside interests, but then Amy North {a swishing Lauren Bacall} enters his life, and here the film switches firmly into a melodramatic piece, and certainly it's a switch that pays off as the end credit looms large.

The directing from Michael Curtiz is very good and the photography from Ted McCord captures the smoke filled nature of jazz clubs perfectly, whilst the acting from all is never less than above average. Some may find it hard to accept Kirk Douglas in the leading role, and certainly at first glance he looks oddly out of place with a trumpet at his lips, but he studied under trumpeter Larry Sullivan and convinces as a viable trumpet player {the actual music is dubbed by Harry James}. The music of course is excellent, and as long as one is prepared for the melodramatic turn of events, Young Man With A Horn is a very rewarding piece, just remember that it is, however, far from being a true biographical story of the tragic Bix Beiderbecke. 8/10
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I never get tired of watching this movie, describing how a young wannabe musician boy makes his way in the game.
Kirk Douglas is so much more than "Spartacus" and villains. And he proves it here.
This is realism in every detail when it comes to the life of a jazz musician back i that times.
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Maybe it is not a film for the younger generations(30s and lower) but to old timers that saw or missed this film back then will have a wonderfull time with a good movie with great performers not to mention the sound of HARRY JAMES playing for K.Douglass in the sound.
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This is a nice package and Amazon has it a good price.
My only real complaint is that the souvenir booklet which comes with the package is glued to the inside cover. This package should have been redisigned where the book fits into the inside left hand case cover. The same as DVD movies have a booklet inside the left hand side. The book is dificult to read the way they have designed it. If your a Doris Day fan then you should get a copy while you still can, I also suggest you buy the special edition of Pillow Talk which also has a free souvenir book.
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