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The Music Man (1962)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  19 June 1962 (USA)
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Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

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Storyline

Confidence man Harold Hill arrives at 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. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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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!


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Meredith Willson's The Music Man  »

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Trivia

All the musical instruments in the film were made specially by the Olds Instrument Co. in Fullerton, CA. After filming was completed, Olds refurbished them and sold them. See more »

Goofs

Twice when Harold Hill first arrives in River City, mountains are seen in the background. There are no mountains like that in Iowa just across from Illinois where River City is supposed to be. See more »

Quotes

Harold Hill: I always think there's a band, kid.
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Crazy Credits

The letters in the film's title, in producer-director Morton da Costa's name, and in Meredith Willson's name (the first time it appears onscreen) are formed by a miniaturized, stop-motion animated marching band, who also form themselves into musical instruments on which the rest of the opening credits appear. See more »

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Referenced in Bob's Burgers: Food Truckin' (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Gary, Indiana
(1957) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Performed by Robert Preston
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The most heartwarming and engaging musical ever!
1 January 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See 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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