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The Music Man -- A con man comes to a Midwestern town with a scam using a boy's marching band program, but things don't go according to plan.


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Meredith Willson (based on: "The Music Man")
Franklin Lacey (written in collaboration with)
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Release Date:
November 2003 (USA) See more »
The story of that man and his 76 trombones, and the wonderful, wonderful tune he played on every heart in town!
Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Preston ... Harold Hill

Shirley Jones ... Marian Paroo

Buddy Hackett ... Marcellus Washburn

Hermione Gingold ... Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn

Paul Ford ... Mayor George Shinn

Pert Kelton ... Mrs. Paroo
The Buffalo Bills ... School Board
Timmy Everett ... Tommy Djilas

Susan Luckey ... Zaneeta Shinn

Ron Howard ... Winthrop Paroo (as Ronny Howard)
Harry Hickox ... Charlie Cowell

Charles Lane ... Constable Locke

Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Squires

Sara Seegar ... Maud Dunlop
Adnia Rice ... Alma Hix
Peggy Mondo ... Ethel Toffelmier

Jesslyn Fax ... Avis Grubb
Monique Vermont ... Amaryllis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Fred Aldrich ... Brighton Townsman (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Townsman (uncredited)

Al Bain ... Townsman (uncredited)
Rand Barker ... Duncan Shyball (uncredited)
Brandon Beach ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Alvin Bell ... Police Officer (uncredited)
John Breen ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jeannine Burnier ... Jessie Shyball (uncredited)

Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Townsman (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Shirley Claire ... Amy Dakin (uncredited)
Natalie Core ... Truthful Smith (uncredited)
Bradford Craig ... Dancer (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ronnie Dapo ... Norbert Smith (uncredited)
Roy Dean ... Gilbert Hawthorne (uncredited)
Eileen Diamond ... Dancer (uncredited)

William Fawcett ... Lester Lonnergan (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Townsman (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ralph Hart ... Student (uncredited)

Percy Helton ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Patty Lee Hilka ... Gracie Shinn (uncredited)

Jimmie Horan ... Townsman (uncredited)

Rance Howard ... Oscar Jackson (uncredited)
Bruce Hoy ... Dancer (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ... Harley MacCauley (uncredited)
Elaine Joyce ... Dancer (uncredited)

Charles Karel ... Salesman on the Train (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ... Harry Joseph (uncredited)

Colin Kenny ... Brighton Townsman (uncredited)
Anne Loos ... Stella Jackson (uncredited)
Therese Lyon ... Dolly Higgins (uncredited)
Robert Lyons ... Band Member (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Penelope Martin ... Lila O'Brink (uncredited)
Natalie Masters ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Bert May ... Student (uncredited)

Mathew McCue ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles McQuary ... Townsman (uncredited)
Arthur Mills ... Herbert Malthouse (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Farmer - Iowa Stubborn (uncredited)

Barbara Pepper ... Feril Hawkes - Snapping Beans (uncredited)
Charles Percheskly ... Salesman (uncredited)

Jack Perrin ... Townsman (uncredited)

Joe Phillips ... Townsman (uncredited)
Gary Potter ... Dewey Malthouse (uncredited)
Larry Steven Randel ... Band Member (uncredited)
Jean Ransome ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Vern Reed ... Jacey Squires (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)

Scott Seaton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Al Shea ... Ewart Dunlop (uncredited)
Chick Sheridan ... Townsman (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Salesman on the Train (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Spangenberg ... Olin Britt (uncredited)
David Swain ... Chet Glanville (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... High School Girl (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Townsman (uncredited)
Wayne Ward ... Oliver Hix (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Peggy Wynne ... Ada Nutting (uncredited)

Directed by
Morton DaCosta 
Writing credits
Meredith Willson (based on: "The Music Man")

Franklin Lacey (written in collaboration with)

Marion Hargrove (screenplay)

Produced by
Morton DaCosta .... producer
Joel Freeman .... associate producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Robert Burks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William H. Ziegler  (as William Ziegler)
Art Direction by
Paul Groesse 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
Phil A. Ankrom (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Dorothy Jeakins (costume design)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Myrl Stoltz .... hair styles: Miss Jones
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Joel Freeman .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
Art Department
Hub Braden .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
M.A. Merrick .... sound
Dolph Thomas .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Greene .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Fuca .... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Frank Comstock .... orchestrator
Ray Heindorf .... music conductor
Ray Heindorf .... music supervisor
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator
Charles Henderson .... vocal arrangements
Gus Levene .... orchestrator
Herbert Greene .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Other crew
Kermit Bloomgarden .... stage producer
Herbert Greene .... associate stage producer
Tom Panko .... assistant choreographer
Onna White .... choreographer
Robert E. Blair .... dog trainer (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Kitty Malone .... dance (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • Frank Productions  stage production in association with (as Frank Productions, Inc.)
  • RCA  sound recording

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Meredith Willson's The Music Man" - USA (complete title)
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151 min | 133 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #19903) (original rating) | USA:G (1985) (re-rating)

Did You Know?

The location set for River City's town square, where Harold Hill sings "You Got Trouble," was Warner Bros.' famous "Midwest Street,", featured in films like East of Eden (1955), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), and The Muppets (2011), and in TV shows like "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979) and "Sisters" (1991). The storefront used for River City's Candy Kitchen is the same front used for Mr. Doose's old-time candy store in "Gilmore Girls" (2000) television series 40 years later.See more »
Continuity: Harold leaves Tommy to direct the band and goes to the Candy Kitchen, but sitting at the table is Tommy and Zaneeta.See more »
[On Marion's choosiness when it comes to men]
Mrs. Paroo:It's a well-known principle that if you keep the flint in one drawer and the steel in the other, you'll never strike much of a fire.
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Simply the best..........., 28 September 2005
Author: djohn2581-1 from Western Oregon, United States

The Music Man is a musical film that was done right and which, if anything, improves on its well regarded source material. It ranks up there with the all-time great musicals of Hollywood's golden age (and such British marvels such as "Evergreen," which starred the incomparable Jessie Matthews.

This movie has it all - wonderful music, a fine script, good production values and a top cast. What makes it really special is Robert Preston's tour-de-force performance. His performance is, quite simply, one of the most memorably great performances in the history of film.

It's one of those benchmark performances that must make any other actor who takes the role shake in their boots, for as long as the memory of Robert Preston as Prof. Hill exists all others will be compared against him and, likely, found lacking.

The rest of the cast is superior. I especially love Pert Kelton as Marian the Librarian's mother. Kelton was the original Alice on the classic "The Honeymooners" (she played Alice's mother later on in the series) and she had incredible comic timing. She reminds me of a combination of Ethel Merman, with her brassy voice and larger-than-life presence, and the comic genius of the great Patsy Kelly. It's a shame Kelton was not put to better use in the movies. She was a natural.

And then there is Shirley Jones. Lovely to look at and wonderful to hear and a good enough actor to keep up with Preston.

Buddy Hackett usually annoyed me but he's perfect as Prof. Hill's sidekick and his "Shafoofie" (sp?) number is a blast.

Funniest scene - Grecian Urns.

A splendid movie and one of the last great musicals. They truly don't make 'em like that anymore.

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