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The Music Man (1962)

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

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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, he now traveling from town to town pretending to be a professor of music - Gary (Indiana) Conservatory of Music, class of '05 - being able to solve all the respective towns' youth problems by forming a boys' marching band. He takes money from the townsfolk to buy instruments, music, instructional materials and uniforms for their sons. However, he, in reality, has no degree, knows nothing about music, and after all the materials arrive and are distributed, hightails it out to move to the next town 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 has to gain the trust of the local music teacher, he usually doing so by ... 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!


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19 June 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Meredith Willson's The Music Man  »

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$14,953,846
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the "Wells Fargo" song, a River City citizen sings, "Montgomery Ward sent me a bathtub and a crosscut saw." Montgomery Ward is the name of the world's first mail order business. Founded in 1872 by Aaron Montgomery Ward, it went out of business in 2001. Also in the song, The Buffalo Bills sing, "The D.A.R. has sent a cannon for the courthouse square." The D.A.R. is the "Daughters of the American Revolution", a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization. Made up of descendants of soldiers in the American Revolution, they are dedicated to promoting patriotism and preserving American history. However, the organization is probably most noted for refusing to let the great African-American contralto Marian Anderson perform in 1939 at the D.A.R.'s Constitution Hall because she was black. See more »

Goofs

When the boys' band plays the Minuet of Ludwig van Beethoven, we see the state flag of Iowa that was not adopted until 1921. See more »

Quotes

Amaryllis: I'm having a party on Saturday. I'd like it if you could come.
Mrs. Paroo: Well, Amaryllis asked you to her party. Are you going or not?
Winthrop Paroo: No
Mrs. Paroo: No what?
Winthrop Paroo: No, thank you.
Mrs. Paroo: No thank you, who? You know the little girl's name.
Amaryllis: I bet he won't say it.
Mrs. Paroo: No, "thank you, WHO," Winthrop?
Winthrop Paroo: No, thank you, AMARYLLITH!
Amaryllis: Amaryllith! Amaryllith!
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Megamind (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Sincere
(1957) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Performed by The Buffalo Bills
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this is what musicals are all about
17 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

bright, fun, colorful, unforgettable songs, likeable characters, great choreography, true to the time period, and i'd like to see anyone try to find an actor blend so naturally into a character as robert preston.


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