Young Man With a Horn
An aimless young man becomes a jazz trumpeter, but his volatility and desire to play more progressive music than the bands that hire him bring trouble.
Young Man With a Horn (1950)
Kirk plays the title character, based on jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, opposite Doris Day and Lauren Bacall, who helped him break into film. “Although the movie was quite successful, I think some things in it could have been more authentic. I would have changed the ending, made it real—Bix died. In the book, the Doris Day character was a black girl. But you couldn’t do that then.” Ragman’s Son, 168