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Young Man with a Horn, a review by GSyren

TitleYoung Man with a Horn (7-321900-043250)
DirectorMichael Curtiz
ActorsKirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Doris Day, Hoagy Carmichael, Juano Hernandez
Produced1949 in United States
Runtime108 minutes
AudioEnglish Dolby Digital Mono, Italian Dolby Digital Mono
SubtitlesArabic, English, French, Italian, Dutch
OverviewWith a second-hand trumpet 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.
My thoughtsThis movie has been in my unwatched pile for a while. I bought it to complete my Doris Day collection, but I didn't watch it right away because it wasn't really a "Doris Day movie". She only has third billing. Well, I eventually got around to it, and I realize I should have watched it sooner. Or maybe not. Seeing it now was a pleasant surprise. I actually liked it quite a lot, and Doris was very good in it.

I don't care too much for jazz, but even so a couple of movies about jazz musicians are among my favorite movies, for example The Five Pennies with Danny Kaye as Loring "Red" Nichols. And now this one. And they're both about horn players. Cornet and trumpet, respectively. None of them are really biographical. Five Pennies is loosely based on Nichols life, while Young Man is inspired by a book that's inspired by the music of Bix Beiderbecke.

One thing that initially got me a little confused was the title. The Elvis movie Loving You had the Swedish title Ung man med gitarr (Young Man with a Guitar), and of course that movie is nowadays a lot more well known than this one. So my first thought when I saw the title was "Horn? Wasn't it Guitar?". Then of course I realized that they were two different movies. And the blame falls squarely on the Swedish distributor of the Elvis movie for pinching the title idea.

Anyway, even though I bought this title because of Doris Day, I was very much impressed with Kirk Douglas in the title role. Lauren Bacall is also good as a rather unlikeable character. I couldn't understand, though, how Rick (Douglas) could fall for her rather than for Doris' character. But then I guess I'm not entirely objective since I've has a long time crush on Doris.
My rating4 out of 5

(From Reviews and ramblings by Gunnar on November 2nd, 2013)

Member's Reviews

WarGames, a review by Dragonfire

My Thoughts

I first saw this one years ago on television and watched it several more times since I enjoyed it.  I just got the DVD on Friday and this was the first time that I had seen the  movie in several years.  I still really enjoyed it.  It was kind of funny to see the computers and think that all that stuff was high tech when the movie came out.   :laugh:  I thought that the plot was very interesting and I remember finding it very suspenseful the first time I saw the movie.  It was really scary to me to think that computers would control something like that and not be able to be stopped if something went wrong.  All the computer stuff does look dated, but I think the movie has held up well and is still entertaining. 


(From My November Alphabet Marathon on November 9th, 2008)

Member's TV Reviews

"Friends" Marathon, a review by Rogmeister

Friends, The Complete Second Season Continues...

The One Where Ross Finds Out--While on a date (and somewhat inebriated), Rachel calls Ross on the phone and leaves him a message revealing her feelings for him.   Ross gets the message the next day while with Rachel.  Meanwhile, an out-of-work Monica helps work Chandler out so he can drop a few pounds.  One nice thing about the "Friends" DVDs is they add in some footage that wasn't there in original airings so, not only do you get footage cut for cable or syndicated airings but you get footage you never saw to begin with.  Seeing this episode, for instance, we see Ross and Julia at a pet store about to buy a cat...I can't recall if this scene was in the original airings or is one of those bonus bits thrown in for the DVDs. 

The One With The List--Ross can't seem to choose between Julie and Rachel, so Chandler urges him to make a list (on Chandler's computer) listing the pros and cons of both.  When Rachel discovers this, naturally all hell breaks loose.  Monica, still looking for work, agrees to a test with a firm, making dessert treats with a new chocolate substitute called Mockalate.  "This is what evil must taste like!", exclaims Phoebe after trying one of her treats.

The One With Phoebe's Dad--During the Christmas season, Phoebe learns where her dad (who abandoned her mother and her years ago) now lives and takes off for there in her grandmother's taxi, accompanied by Joey and Chandler.  Special bonus in this episode...Gunther speaks for the first time!  Okay, he only says about a word and a half but I'm confident he'll be speaking full sentences by the end of the season!  Meanwhile, Monica and Rachel host a Christmas party, despite the fact that Ross has broken off the knob on their radiator and now it can't be shut off, making the room about 90 degrees...

(From "Friends" Marathon on July 24th, 2009)