The Music Man
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Glorious production, with gorgeous music, dancing. --Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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There’s Trouble in River City
As irresistible as fireworks on the Fourth of July, The Music Man is the big-screen version of one of Broadway’s most successful musicals ever. With its incomparable cast and an award-winning score, The Music Man tells the story of con artist Harold Hill, who sets out to scam a small Midwest town but ends up learning a lesson in love and morality instead.
Both the University of California and University of Southern California marching bands took part in the final parade scene.
The songs '76 Trombones' and 'Goodnight My Someone' are the same tune but arranged in different time signatures.
River City was based on Meredith Wilson’s hometown of Mason City, Iowa.
The Music Man was the first movie to sell to TV for over a million dollars.
All of the musical instruments in the movie were specially made by the Olds Instrument Company of Fullerton, California.
Toe-Tapping Musical Fun
- Based on the 1957 Broadway hit by American playwright Meredith Wilson
- Winner of the 1963 Oscar for Best Music and 1963 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture–Musical
- Two and a half hours of pure entertainment plus bonus material
- A must-own for fans of Hollywood’s classic musicals
- Available in DVD and Blu-ray formats
Meet the Cast
Professor Harold Hill (Robert Preston)
Traveling salesman and con artist, Professor Hill promises to turn River City boys into a marching band.
Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones)
The town’s spinster librarian, Marian is skeptical of Professor Hill from the very beginning. But will she be able to resist his many charms?
Winthrop Paroo (Ron Howard)
Thanks to his lisping speech, little Winthrop is terribly self-conscious and insecure. Can the Professor help bring him out of his shell?
Marcellus Washburn (Buddy Hackett)
Marcellus is an old friend and colleague of Professor Hill. He reluctantly helps the con man with his scheme to hoodwink the town.
Top Customer Reviews
Pop the disc in, and you'll immediately be taken to the "Right Here In River City" documentary (you'll have to press the MENU button on your DVD controls to get to the main menu so you can actually view the movie -- why the disc goes immediately to the documentary is rather odd). Hosted by Shirley Jones, who still looks great, the top-notch, too-short documentary is crammed with lots of good stories and bits of trivia, in the words of several of Those Who Were There. You'll find out, for instance, which segments were actually filmed first, how amazed Susan Luckey was at Robert Preston's ability to lip-synch "Trouble" during filming, and why Shirley Jones wore so many frills and flowers on her dress in the scene at the footbridge.
As for the film itself -- the print is beautiful, and as someone who had only experienced the film in pan-and-scan format, it is a delight to finally see entire dance sequences without the cropping. And you'll finally be able to see all four members of The Buffalo Bills barber shop quartet (the poor fellow singing bass could never be seen in TV-formatted versions).
There are other, smaller moments that have always cried our for the letterbox format, and if you watch both versions closely, you'll notice the real advantages in seeing the entire scene as it was shot. For example, one particularly disorienting scene in pan-and-scan format is the "Pick A Little, Talk A Little/Goodnight, Ladies" sequence, when Professor Hill is speaking with Mrs.Read more ›
Fortunately all this video gunk is corrected in the Blu-Ray edition. The colors are bright, the sound noticeably better, and the movie just comes more alive in blu-ray.
But - there always seems to be a flip side. In this case it's noticeable in the opening train scene, where blue matte artifacts around people, and slightly off masking at the windows clearly shows that it was shot against a blue screen. But, what you see is what people saw in the theaters when it was released. If the artifacts didn't bother moviegoers at the time, they shouldn't really bother us in the present. Little glitches like this are just part of the technology available at the time, and shouldn't be used to rate the movie...
...and I'm really not, just pointing out that seeing more can mean seeing more of the bad, as well as more than the good.
Aside from little things like this which caught my eye - and don't really bother me - I hope you'll consider picking up the best release of an old favorite. Improved sound, improved picture - what more could you want. I doubt it'll look better unless George Lucas gets involved in cleaning up the blue-screen artifacts. And who knows what he'd feel like adding!
Fun. A couple of hours well spent. And for me, a new appreciation of Hermione Gingold as Ms.Read more ›
The film also has a great cast of supporting character actors and comedians, not to mention the fabulous Buffalo Bills. I love the anvil salesman character (THAT'S a great line of merchandise for a traveling salesman!), and my favorite song has to be the pool hall song, "There's trouble in River City." The movie, funny as it is, also has its touching moments, especially when Professor Harold Hill, standing on the footbridge, confronts the gap between his dreams and his life for the first time, and really realizes he is in love with the beautiful librarian. For pure fun and entertainment, it's hard to find a better movie than this lively but affectionate kidding of the Hawkeye State, and hard to find a more fun couple than the engaging Robert Preston and the lovely Shirley Jones.
As much as I love musicals, I had missed this one until the recent ABC movie version. I fell immediately under its charming spell. The story is fun and the music is fantastic. After enjoying the remake so much, I was looking forward to watching the original, and it didn't disappointment. The cast, lead by Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, is strong. The chorography makes me want to join in the fun (always a must for a musical), and the story fleshes out a couple minor points I had missed in the remake. And I simply must praise the work of the Buffalo Bills as the school board. They've inspired me in my search for good barbershop quartet music.
The DVD preserves the movie well. The widescreen picture is sharp and clear and the sound is just fine. Watching the trailer for the reissue shows just how much work has gone into the restoration. Shirley Jones provides an interesting intro and serves as host for the behind the scenes special.
This is a classic musical that everyone will enjoy. It tells a fun story with wonderful music and evokes a simpler time and place. If you haven't watched yet, pick up a copy and enjoy tonight.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent movie, and we love watching it again and again.Published 3 hours ago by Real Book Lover
Good Classic. Not in to Musicals, but my Daughter needed to watch for an audition she will be in. I thought it was very entertaining.Published 4 days ago by Sean Perren
Great musical. Funny with wonderful music and choreography. Little Ron Howard is preciousPublished 11 days ago by Matthew Mayer
I liked this movie as a kid but found it greatly disappointing watching it again as an adult. I thought it was a Rodger and Hammerstein movie and bought it to add to my collection. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Kim Zufall
My daughter loves this movie. When I heard she wanted it I looked on Amazon and there it was ! and got it really fast It was new and wrapped. Read morePublished 12 days ago by gary s
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