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The Music Man ()


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Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

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Harold Hill
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Marian Paroo
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Marcellus Washburn
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Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
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Mayor George Shinn
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Mrs. Paroo
The Buffalo Bills ...
School Board
Timmy Everett ...
Tommy Djilas
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Zaneeta Shinn
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Winthrop Paroo (as Ronny Howard)
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Charlie Cowell
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Constable Locke
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Mrs. Squires
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Maud Dunlop
Adnia Rice ...
Alma Hix
Peggy Mondo ...
Ethel Toffelmier
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Avis Grubb
Monique Vermont ...
Amaryllis
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Brighton Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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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)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Beulah Christian ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
Shirley Claire ...
Amy Dakin (uncredited)
Natalie Core ...
Truthful Smith (uncredited)
Bradford Craig ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Russell Custer ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Norbert Smith (uncredited)
Roy Dean ...
Gilbert Hawthorne (uncredited)
Eileen Diamond ...
Dancer (uncredited)
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Lester Lonnergan (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Buck Harrington ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Ralph Hart ...
Student (uncredited)
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Train Conductor (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Patty Lee Hilka ...
Gracie Shinn (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Oscar Jackson (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
Delos Jewkes ...
Harley MacCauley (uncredited)
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Dancer (uncredited)
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Salesman on the Train (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ...
Harry Joseph (uncredited)
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Brighton Townsman (uncredited)
Anne Loos ...
Stella Jackson (uncredited)
Therese Lyon ...
Dolly Higgins (uncredited)
Robert Lyons ...
Band Member (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Penelope Martin ...
Lila O'Brink (uncredited)
Natalie Masters ...
Farmer's Wife (uncredited)
Bert May ...
Student (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Arthur Mills ...
Herbert Malthouse (uncredited)
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Farmer - Iowa Stubborn (uncredited)
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Feril Hawkes - Snapping Beans (uncredited)
Charles Percheskly ...
Salesman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Gary Potter ...
Dewey Malthouse (uncredited)
Larry Steven Randel ...
Band Member (uncredited)
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Townswoman (uncredited)
Vern Reed ...
Jacey Squires (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Douglas Ross ...
Young Drummer Boy (end of movie parade) (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Al Shea ...
Ewart Dunlop (uncredited)
Chick Sheridan ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Salesman on the Train (uncredited)
Cap Somers ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Spangenberg ...
Olin Britt (uncredited)
David Swain ...
Chet Glanville (uncredited)
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High School Girl (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Wayne Ward ...
Oliver Hix (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mark Wood ...
Young Drummer Boy ( end of movie parade ) (uncredited)
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Undertaker (uncredited)
Peggy Wynne ...
Ada Nutting (uncredited)

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Morton DaCosta

Written by

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Meredith Willson ... (based on: "The Music Man")
 
Franklin Lacey ... (written in collaboration with)
 
Marion Hargrove ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Morton DaCosta ... producer
Joel Freeman ... associate producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Ray Heindorf ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Robert Burks ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William H. Ziegler ... (as William Ziegler)

Editorial Department

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John F. Burnett ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Paul Groesse

Set Decoration by

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George James Hopkins
Phil A. Ankrom ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Dorothy Jeakins ... (costume design)

Makeup Department

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Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly ... supervising hair stylist
Myrl Stoltz ... hair stylist: Miss Jones
Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Joel Freeman ... production supervisor

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Russell Llewellyn ... assistant director

Art Department

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Hub Braden ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)
Tyrus Wong ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

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M.A. Merrick ... sound
Dolph Thomas ... sound

Camera and Electrical Department

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Leonard J. South ... camera operator
Bobby Greene ... first assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Robert Fuca ... assistant set costumer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Frank Comstock ... orchestrator
Ray Heindorf ... music conductor / music supervisor / orchestrator
Charles Henderson ... vocal arrangements
Gus Levene ... orchestrator
Herbert Greene ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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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)
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Plot Summary

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, and now travels from town to town pretending to be a professor of music - from Gary (Indiana) Conservatory of Music, class of '05 - who solves all the respective towns' youth problems by forming boys' marching bands. He takes money from the townsfolk to buy instruments, music, instructional materials, and uniforms for their sons. However, in reality he has no degree and knows nothing about music, and after all the materials arrive and are distributed, he absconds 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 must gain the trust of the local music teacher, usually by wooing her, regardless of her appearance. And if the town doesn't believe it has a youth problem needing to be fixed, he will manufacture one for them. That is the case when he arrives in River City, Iowa, population 2,212, where he will have some unexpected help from Marcellus Washburn, a friend and former grifter colleague who now lives in River City and has gone straight, but still wants to make sure Harold survives his stay in town. River City's music teacher is spinster and town librarian Marian Paroo. He's able to impress all the other River Citizens with his fast-talking sales pitches, but not suspicious Marian, whose hard-as-nails exterior The music teacher he has to impress in River City is spinster Marian Paroo, who is also the town librarian. Unlike all the other River Citizens who he is able to impress with his fast talking sales pitches, he is unable to impress suspicious Marian, whose hard-as-nail exterior is partly due to her somewhat removed standing in the town, as all the gossipy housewives believe she is a smut peddler - encouraging the teenagers to read authors such as Chaucer and Balzac - and mistakenly believe she got her position as librarian through less-than-scrupulous means. What Harold does not know is that one way to Marian is through her young adolescent brother, Winthrop Paroo, a sullen boy who has withdrawn from life since their father's death two years before, when he started to lisp. Harold starts to fall for Marian, something that never happened with any of the other music teachers. Further complications may ensue if any of those traveling salesmen who have been following his route through the territory catch up with and expose him. Written by Huggo

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Taglines It's just a bang-beat, bell-ringin', big-haul, great-go, neck-or-nothin', rip-roarin', ever'-time-a bull's-eye movie! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Meredith Willson's The Music Man (United States)
  • Le marchand de fanfares (France)
  • Vivir de ilusión (Spain)
  • Musiikkimies (Finland)
  • O Vendedor de Sonhos (Brazil)
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  • 151 min
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Budget $4,240,000 (estimated)

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Trivia In an episode of the TV series Happy Days (1974), Howard and Marion Cunningham are coming out of a movie theater; they pause in the lobby and look at the poster for "The Music Man". Marion comments how much the little boy in the movie (Winthrop) "looks so much like Richie did when he was little". Both Winthrop and Richie were played by Ron Howard. See more »
Goofs Set in 1912, the song "Trouble" mentions both the beverage Bevo (first offered in 1916) and the magazine "Captain Billy's Whiz-Bang" (first published in 1919). "Whiz-Bang" is named for a type of artillery round in World War I (1914-1918)--the publisher was a veteran of that war. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Right Here in River City: The Making of Meredith Willson's 'The Music Man' (1998). See more »
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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 »
Quotes Marian Paroo: No, please, not tonight. Maybe tomorrow.
Harold Hill: Oh, my dear little librarian. You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.
Marian Paroo: Oh, so would I.
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