The Music ManDirector: Morton Da Costa
This is a five-star DVD release of a four-and-a-half-star movie. Meredith Willson's The Music Man was something of a miraculous release in its own era, coming at a time when studios were pulling back from doing big-budget productions of this kind. Not only did Warner Bros. spend nine months making The Music Man but, after flirting with the notion of/i>/i>… See more details below
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This is a five-star DVD release of a four-and-a-half-star movie. Meredith Willson's The Music Man was something of a miraculous release in its own era, coming at a time when studios were pulling back from doing big-budget productions of this kind. Not only did Warner Bros. spend nine months making The Music Man but, after flirting with the notion of using Frank Sinatra in the title role, they went with Robert Preston, who had originated the role on Broadway, and also lined up the original director and choreographer and many of the other principal cast members from the theatrical version to make the movie. In the process of expanding the play from the stage to the screen, director Morton Da Costa did an unexpectedly fine job, considering that he'd hardly done any film work at all. The DVD is worth the measure of the film. The main virtue of the disc release is an impeccable transfer from a restored edition of the movie, displaying wonderful luster and clarity and deep, rich color. Not only has the image been captured perfectly, but the sound has been remixed for stereo, which adds to the spaciousness inherent in watching it, even on a small screen. The film is accompanied by a 1998-vintage documentary, "Right Here In River City," in which most of the key players who are still around (Ron Howard was the only one who didn't make it) discuss how the movie was made. Shirley Jones (who replaced Barbara Cook from the Broadway show), Susan Luckey, Buddy Hackett, and choreographer Onna White give warm, thorough accounts of various aspects of the production. The menu pops up manually, and is easy to read and navigate, and the film opens with a short introduction by Jones.
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Robert Preston||Harold Hill|
|Shirley Jones||Marian Paroo|
|Buddy Hackett||Marcellus Washburn|
|Pert Kelton||Mrs. Paroo|
|Ronny Howard||Winthrop Paroo|
|Hermione Gingold||Eulalie MacKechnie Shinn|
|Paul Ford||Mayor Shinn|
|Susan Luckey||Zaneeta Shinn|
|Harry Hickox||Charlie Cowell|
|Charles Lane||Constable Locke|
|Mary Wickes||Mrs. Squires|
|Oliver Hix||Buffalo Bills|
|Buffalo Bills||Jacey Squires; Olin Britt; Ewart Dunlo|
|Natalie Core||Truthful Smith|
|Roy Dean||Gilbert Hawthorne|
|Jesslyn Fax||Avis Grubb|
|Ray Kellogg||Harry Joseph|
|Anne Loos||Stella Jackson|
|Therese Lyon||Dolly Higgins|
|Natalie Masters||Farmer's Wife|
|Barbara Pepper||Feril Hawkes|
|Peggy Wynne||Ada Nutting|
|Delos Jewkes||Harley MacCauley|
|Timmy Everett||Tommy Djilas|
|Ronnie Dapo||Norbert Smith|
|William Fawcett||Lester Lonnergan|
|Rance Howard||Oscar Jackson|
|Morton Da Costa||Director,Producer|
|Paul Groesse||Production Designer|
|George Groves||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Ray Heindorf||Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision|
|George James Hopkins||Set Decoration/Design|
|Dorothy Jeakins||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William H. Ziegler||Editor|
0. Jump to a Scene
1. Main Title (Credits). [2:34]
2. Rock Island. [3:22]
3. Charley Cowell's tirade. [1:45]
4. Iowa Stubborn. [3:55]
5. Meeting Marcellus. [2:13]
6. Mrs. Shinn on dirty books; Hill's right angle. [3:03]
7. Ya Got Trouble. [4:18]
8. First impressions. [1:51]
9. Piano Lesson. [1:58]
10. Winthrop comes home. [1:49]
11. Goodnight, My Someone. [3:45]
12. July 4th exercises-and disruptions. [4:34]
13. Seventy-Six Trombones. [7:38]
14. That man's credentials; reforming Tommy. [3:38]
15. Sincere. [3:22]
16. A pass, a pitch and a play. [3:17]
17. Say yes, Mrs. Shinn. [2:10]
18. Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little and Goodnight, Ladies. [2:51]
19. The Sadder-but-Wiser Girl. [2:58]
20. Marion the Libarian. [7:42]
21. Soliciting Mayor Shinn and Mrs. Paroo. [4:14]
22. Gary, Indiana. [4:20]
23. Being in Love. [4:46]
24. "Indecent" plans. [1:20]
25. Wells Fargo Wagon. [4:48]
26. Dance and band practice. [3:32]
27. The Candy Kitchen. [5:10]
28. Lida Rose and Will I Ever Tell You? [5:30]
29. Gary, Indiana reprise. [2:14]
30. Cowell: two to tango. [4:17]
31. Lida Rose reprise. [:58]
32. Rumor exchange. [4:18]
33. Think System in action. [2:01]
34. Shipoopi. [6:41]
35. Grecian urns. [1:02]
36. Footbridge podium. [1:36]
37. Till There Was You. [3:42]
38. Who's selling whom? [2:25]
39. It's You; gunning for Hill. [2:51]
40. Seventy-Six Trombones and Goodnight, My Someone reprise. [2:45]
41. Caught in the door (Till There Was You reprise). [4:11]
42. Standing up for Prof. Hill. [2:47]
43. The band. [2:35]
44. River City on parade (Seventy-Six Trombones reprise). [2:14]
45. The Cast. [1:55]
Menu Group #1 with 45 chapter(s) covering 02:31:15
Cast & Crew
Right Here In River City
Intro by Shirley Jones
The Music Man Trailer
The Unsinkable Molly Brown Trailer
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I have seen The Music Man many times over and every time I watch I'm amazed at the talent and hard work that went into creating this remarkable movie. Every generation can watch this musical and appreciate the humor, wit and charm of America's best-loved con artist, Professor Harold Hill, as he steals the hearts and pocketbooks of River City, Iowa.
This movie is flawless on about five levels,you just cant get sick of it.
If all you know about Wilson's ''The Music Man'' is based on the TV version, buy this disc. From set design, choreography and costuming to the brilliant soprano of Shirley Jones, you can't beat this for entertainment. Why ABC didn't air this masterpiece, instead of demean it with a cheap copy, is beyond belief.
This musical is a classic. I have never seen it performed as well as it was on the video. It was korny at some parts but it held it weight to earn 5 stars.
When watching the Music Man for the first time, you will see the difference in it from the other musicals. The difference is, it takes place in a town, which is small, and has not had anything exciting come there. This salesman comes, and charms the town, and even the librarian. The songs, are catchy, and very well known if you hear them. Like the famous one, ''Till There Was You.'' Which was made later by the Beatles. The reason why I took a star off, is because, I cannot stand the song ''Shapoopi''. I find it utterly anoying.
Reading the other reviews, no one seems to be focusing on the great barber shop quartet in the film and their contribution to its success. Playing the role of the city's councilmen attempting to get Prof. Hill's credentials, the group adds a constant musical background to the film that will have you bouncing in your seat during the movie. Their version of ''Lida Rose'' will have you humming it the next day, guaranteed. Robert Preston has never been better as con man/Professor Harold Hill, especially with his showstopping song, ''Trouble.'' Forget the TV version and see the original!
This is truly a terrific masterpiece. This film (based on the musical by Meredith Willson) is about a con man named Harold Hill who always tries to lead a boy's band. He comes to River City, Iowa and falls in love with the librarian. Don't even bother renting this movie, because once you see it you'll want to watch it again and again. Forget the Disney version, this film is way better.
Hello! Ok. I am 13 years old and The Music Man is my favorite musical of all time. I did it as a school play in May 2003. Since, then I've been in love with it. I really recomend it to anyone who likes musicals. If you saw the Disney version on ABC this one is A LOT better. Enjoy!
The Music Man is the best musical movie I think any one has heard! Not only that but I think its the greatest movie ever! I watch it every week! You can never get to old to watch The Music man.
This is definitely one of my favorites. The music really sticks with you. I've gotten teased about it because I coincidentally share a name with the composer! Anyway, this is a very funny musical, and it keeps you entertained. :) Robert Preston and Shirley Jones did an excellent job.
Yes, my friends, we got trouble. Right here in River City. Professor Harold Hill (the sensational Robert Preston) has come to sell musical instruments and uniforms and lessons, only he doesn't know one note from another. So what does he do? He makes trouble. Right here in River City. He makes trouble for the mayor (Paul Ford) by urging the townspeople to boycott his pool hall. He makes trouble for the mayor's wife (Hermione Gingold) and her school board ladies by urging them to sing with the barbershop quartet. He makes trouble for Winthrop (yes, it's Ron(ny) Howard) by urging him to sing songs with S's in them (he's got a TERRIBLE lithp!) He makes trouble for the boy's sister, Marian the librarian (Shirley Jones) by urging her to--well, as she tells her mother (Pert Kelton)--"you'll find it in Balzak." Now the professor's got trouble . . . but to look at the lovely Miss Jones, it's really no trouble at all. [filmfactsman]
This is a great musical! I first saw it in my early 20's and I am pleased it is still available. My wife never saw the movie so we are looking forward to receiving our copy.
Definately one of my all time favorites - it can't be beat for excellance of performance, production values, and plain enjoyment. If you don't have a smile of your face at the end of this movie, you're probably dead!
This is a movie that holds a special place in many people's hearts, and is a favorite of people who don't normally enjoy musicals...this must be because the story is so funny and the performances are still so fresh. The film is an accidental time capsule of sorts, as it depicts so beautifully the early part of twentieth century small-town life. Beautiful to see, hear and share.
I love movies that you can watch with the whole family. It is nice not to have to censor. We need more musical movies like this one. It is a classic.
Robert Preston is good in the part of the Music Man, but does as much talking as singing in his "songs". Shirley Jones is wonderful, being the same actress from Oklahoma, Carousel, and others. Ron Howard sings his one and only song "Gary Indiana" like no one else his age could--priceless!