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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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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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Meredith Willson's The Music Man  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Meredith Willson made more income off The Beatles' version of his song "Till There Was You" than he did off the play and the movie combined. See more »

Goofs

When Marian sings "Will I Ever Tell You" on the front porch, Mrs. Paroo is leaning forward in her rocking chair, but when the camera angle changes, she is leaning back in the chair. See more »

Quotes

Zaneeta: It's indecent to meet boys at the footbridge!
Tommy Djilas: First thing after supper?
Zaneeta: All right! Ye Gods!
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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

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Soundtracks

Till There Was You
(1957) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Performed by Robert Preston and Shirley Jones
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this is what musicals are all about
17 July 2003 | by (rochester) – 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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