Allegedly based on the early life of jazzman Bix Beiderbecke, YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN is mainly notable for featuring an early dramatic performance from Doris Day, playing one third of a stormy love triangle.
Kirk Douglas delivers a solid performance as Rick Martin, a promising trumpet player with natural musical talents. Rick finds employment in a popular dance band, but finds the work repetitive, and would rather ply his talents for free at an after-hours jazz club. It's while working with the dance band that Rick meets and falls in love with the pretty lead singer, Jo Jordan (Doris Day). Their happiness is short-lived when Rick takes an interest in Jo's old friend Amy North (Lauren Bacall) a rich young socialite with a heart made of flint. As fame travels to Rick's head, his personal life begins a swift nosedive, and his real love Jo is pushed aside in favour of Amy's sterile charms.
Douglas, Bacall and Day add lots of crackle and spirit to the proceedings. The supporting cast includes real-life jazz legends Hoagy Carmichael and Juano Hernandez. Fans of Doris Day will find this a worthwhile title for their collections; she sings a smart array of big-band standards and looks a treat in her Milo Anderson gowns.
The DVD includes the trailer. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).