The Music Man
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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.
Con man Harold Hill arrives in staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him while he inadvertently enriches the town with a love of music. Robert Preston and Shirley Jones star in this classic musical on DVD, The Music Man.
A quintessential slice of Americana, featuring wonderful music, engaging characters, and an uplifting story. --John J Puccio, Movie Metropolis
Glorious production, with gorgeous music, dancing. --Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Pick a little talk a little, grew up saying that, singing that... I grew up in a house of six women, gossip and nagging always make me think pick a little talk a little. At 31, this silly musical has really made a big impression on my life, having seen it over the years on TCM and later buying it and gifting it. I don't think Robert Preston is attractive, I think he does a heck of a job though and his smile is plain creepy.
I am grateful this film was made and I will never tire of watching it, singing it and attempting to dance along.
The characters, the town, the songs are still so fresh and funny, and based on a real memoir. Meredith Willson actualy did grow up in a little Iowa town just like this one, and he actually played the piccolo professionally in John Philip Sousa's band.
Shirley Jones was a very good screen actress and a good singer but her voice just can't measure up to Barbara Cook, who played Marian on Broadway but was deemed too old to be the movie Marian.
Anyway this will put a smile on your face any time you need a smile. It's worth owning.
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