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The Music Man (1962)

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Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Director:

Morton DaCosta

Writers:

Meredith Willson (based on: "The Music Man"), Franklin Lacey (written in collaboration with) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Preston ... Harold Hill
Shirley Jones ... Marian Paroo
Buddy Hackett ... Marcellus Washburn
Hermione Gingold ... Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
Paul Ford ... Mayor George Shinn
Pert Kelton ... Mrs. Paroo
The Buffalo Bills The Buffalo Bills ... School Board
Vern Reed Vern Reed ... Jacey Squires (as The Buffalo Bills)
Ron Howard ... Winthrop Paroo (as Ronny Howard)
Al Shea Al Shea ... Ewart Dunlop (as The Buffalo Bills)
Bill Spangenberg Bill Spangenberg ... Olin Britt (as The Buffalo Bills)
Wayne Ward Wayne Ward ... Oliver Hix (as The Buffalo Bills)
Timmy Everett Timmy Everett ... Tommy Djilas
Susan Luckey ... Zaneeta Shinn
Harry Hickox ... Charlie Cowell
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Storyline

It's the early twentieth century American Midwest. A con man currently going by the assumed name Harold Hill has used several different schemes to bilk the unsuspecting, and now travels from town to town pretending to be a professor of music - from Gary (Indiana) Conservatory of Music, class of '05 - who solves all the respective towns' youth problems by forming boys' marching bands. He takes money from the townsfolk to buy instruments, music, instructional materials, and uniforms for their sons. However, in reality he has no degree and knows nothing about music, and after all the materials arrive and are distributed, he absconds with all the money, never to be seen again. Many of the traveling salesmen in the territory have been negatively impacted by him, as the townsfolk then become suspicious of any stranger trying to sell them something. For Harold's scheme to work, he must gain the trust of the local music teacher, usually by wooing her, regardless of her appearance. And if the ... Written by Huggo

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The story of that man and his 76 trombones, and the wonderful, wonderful tune he played on every heart in town! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The Lida Rose/Sweet and Low number, which was filmed completely stationary with the two dueling harmony groups shot in long shot, side-by-side, would never be filmed like this today. The Music Man (2003), by contrast, has the camera going in and out of long shot, jumping back and forth between the two groups, giving them equal time in close-up. West Side Story (1961) had a similar competing mash-up in rounds number "Tonight", which was filmed much more effectively. See more »

Goofs

In the last scene in the school room (before the parade and closing credits), there are two U.S. flags drawn in chalk on the blackboard. Instead of having 7 red stripes, one has 8 and the other has 9. See more »

Quotes

Harold Hill: Ladies and gentlemen, either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community!
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits appear in the style of a Broadway show's curtain call. First the minor characters are shown with the performers' names. The credits then progress through the cast ending with the lead. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Good Will Haunting (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Minuet in G
(1795?) (uncredited)
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Hummed by Robert Preston and others several times
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The most heartwarming and engaging musical ever!
1 January 2005 | by foxhole-3See all my reviews

This wonderful production has to be watched on the big screen to be fully appreciated. It is,in my opinion, the best translation from Broadway musical theater material to the opening-up on the screen. The performance and general character portrayal of Robert Preston is irresistible and a joy to watch. As far as musicals are concerned, this is the one to take along to your desert island! Í always look forward to the next opportunity there is to show it on the screen of my cinema again. Sentimental, nostalgic, funny and romantic, this picture has it all. And that includes the wonderful melodic songs and the fantastic choreography. I'm running out of superlatives. It's my favorite musical.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Meredith Willson's The Music Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,240,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)| DTS | SDDS | Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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