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.
Jerry Milani <[email protected]>
User Reviews: This is a great film with three great actors; Kirk Douglas as Rick Martin, Lauren Bacall as Amy North, AND Doris Day as Jo Jordan. Even though the movie was loosely based on the short and sad life of jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, the ending was written in a more positive light than Bix’s tragic real life story. Yet the movie still manages to capture the essence of a tormented musician’s existence, the dangers of alcoholism, the deceptions of false love, and the effect Rick Martin’s choices have on those around him who love…and hate…him. There’s Lauren Bacall and Doris Day…bad girl and good girl…who will he choose? Slinky, seductive, and cat-like Lauren? Or loving, beautiful and wholesome Doris? It’s a visual feast with two of Hollywood’s most alluring women! And it’s an acting tour de force from all involved, including Juano Hernandez as young Rick Martin’s African American trumpet mentor, Art Hazzard. It’s also a great pathos film, only with an added light-at-the end-of-the-tunnel type of ending. Not necessarily a true to life ending, but it makes for a great story…and an even greater movie. This should definitely be on DVD!