The Music ManDirector: Morton Da Costa, Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett
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Meredith Wilson's hit 1957 Broadway musical was transferred to the screen in larger-than-life fashion in 1962. Robert Preston repeats his legendary stage performance as fast-talking con man Harold Hill, who goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch. Looking for new suckers in Iowa, Hill arrives in River City, where he declares that the only way to save the youth of River City from the lure of the poolroom is to organize a boy's band. He charms the mayor's wife Eulalie (Hermione Gingold) into forming a "ladies' dance committee" and sets his sights on winning over local music teacher Marian Paroo (Shirley Jones). Marian rightly considers Hill a fraud, especially when he espouses the "Think System" of learning music: if you think a tune, he claims, you can play it. But Marian becomes Hill's staunchest ally when her young brother Winthrop (Ronny Howard), sullen and withdrawn since the death of his father, exuberantly comes out of his shell at the prospect of joining Hill's band; and Marian's budding romance with the charming but unreliable Hill ultimately brings her out of her own shell as well. Marion Hargrove's script uses most of the original play, with a handful of amusing expansions, especially in the roles played by Gingold and by Buddy Hackett as Hill's comic sidekick.
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|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|
1. Main Title [2:34]
2. "Rock Island" [3:22]
3. "Cowell's Tirade" [1:45]
4. "Iowa Stubborn" [3:55]
5. Meeting Marcellus [2:13]
6. Mrs. Shinn [3:03]
7. "Ya Got Trouble" [4:18]
8. First Impressions [1:51]
9. "Piano Lesson" [1:58]
10. Winthrop's Home [1:49]
11. "Goodnight, My Someone" [3:45]
12. July 4th Exercises [4:34]
13. "Seventy-Six Trombones" [7:38]
14. His Credentials [3:38]
15. "Sincere" [3:22]
16. Pass/Pitch/Play [3:17]
17. Say Yes Mrs. Shinn [2:10]
18. "Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little"/"Goodnight, Ladies" [2:51]
19. "The Sadder-but-Wiser Girl" [2:58]
20. "Marian the Librarian" [7:42]
21. Two Solicitations [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/Band Practice [3:32]
27. The Candy Kitchen [5:10]
28. "Lida Rose"/"Will I Ever Tell You?" [5:30]
29. "Gary, Indiana" Reprise [2:14]
30. Two to Tango [4:17]
31. "Lida Rose" Reprise [:58]
32. Rumor Exchange [4:18]
33. Think System [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" Reprises [2:45]
41. Caught in the Door [4:11]
42. Stand Up for Hill [2:47]
43. The Band [2:35]
44. Parade ("Seventy-Six Trombones" Reprise) [2:14]
45. The Cast [1:55]
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Intro by Shirley Jones
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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!
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 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.
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.
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 movie is flawless on about five levels,you just cant get sick of it.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.