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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

[in song]
Harold Hill: I rant and I rave for the virtue I'm too late to save / I smile, I grin when the gal with a touch of sin walks in / I hope and I pray for Hester to win just one more "A" / The sadder but wiser girl's the girl for me / The sadder but wiser girl for me.
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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 Modern Family: The Musical Man (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

76 Trombones
(1957) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Performed by Robert Preston and Shirley Jones, and the Company
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The BEST adaptation of a Broadway musical to film.

I will go on record to say that THE MUSIC MAN is the BEST film adaptation of a Broadway musical. Unlike MY FAIR LADY (another fine acievement) which was translated almost verbatim from the stage libretto to film, THE MUSIC MAN is NOT that great a musical comedy on stage. In fact, it's pretty mediocre. Comparing the original stage libretto to what Marion Hargrove did with her incredible screenplay, one counts over forty additional scenes or pieces of dialogue that open out and/ or add character to the principals. Her screenplay is such a VAST improvement over the original it is truly what makes the film so special. A number of reviewers on this site loathe the film, but I imagine they would loathe any musical. This is top rate acting, singing, dancing, with fast paced direction and a constantly moving camera for the dance numbers - the absolute best mise en scene I've ever experienced in a filmed musical comedy. (Mind you, musical play adaptations are a different category - I'm talking musical comedies here). Get the letterboxed version if you can as this was beautifully composed for wide screen. I remember seeing it in the balmy summer days of one of our nation's last years of innocence. Everyone was seeing it, talking about it, theaters extending their runs for a number of months to early autumn. It brought together all the nostalgia of what we best remember of another golden era (just before WW I) when America was still basically an agrarian economy. A real gem, this one.


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