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The Music Man (19-Jun-1962)

Director: Morton DaCosta

Writer: Marion Hargrove

From a play: The Music Man by Meredith Willson with Franklin Lacey

Producer: Morton DaCosta

Keywords: Musical Comedy

Confidence man arrives in River City, posing as "Professor Harold Hill", offering to set up a boy's marching band if money can be found to buy uniforms and instruments. The professor is hampered by the fact that he is tone deaf and unable to read music. Film adaptation of the the successful Broadway musical is better than the stage version. Winner of Best Musical Score Oscar, received five other nominations including Best Picture.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Paul Ford
2-Nov-1901 12-Apr-1976 The Phil Silvers Show
Hermione Gingold
9-Dec-1897 24-May-1987 Madame Alvarez in Gigi
Buddy Hackett
31-Aug-1924 30-Jun-2003 Abrasive old school comic
Ron Howard
1-Mar-1954   Richie Cunningham on Happy Days
Shirley Jones
31-Mar-1934   Mom of The Partridge Family
Charles Lane
26-Jan-1905 9-Jul-2007 Grumpy character actor
Robert Preston
8-Jun-1918 21-Mar-1987 The Music Man
Mary Wickes
13-Jun-1910 22-Oct-1995 Sister Act


Robert Preston   ...   Harold Hill
Shirley Jones   ...   Marian Paroo
Buddy Hackett   ...   Marcellus Washburn
Hermione Gingold   ...   Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
Paul Ford   ...   Mayor Shinn
Pert Kelton   ...   Mrs. Paroo
The Buffalo Bills   ...   Barbershop Quartet
Timmy Everett   ...   Tommy Djilas
Susan Luckey   ...   Zaneeta Shinn
Ron Howard   ...   Winthrop Paroo
Harry Hickox   ...   Charlie Cowell
Charles Lane   ...   Constable Locke
Mary Wickes   ...   Mrs. Squires
Sara Seegar   ...   Maud
Adnia Rice   ...   Alma
Peggy Mondo   ...   Ethel
Jesslyn Fax   ...   Avis
Monique Vermont   ...   Amaryllis


Review by Earl in Alaska (posted on 28-Jul-2007)

This movie is very special. I've watched it so many times, and each time it seems so fresh and energetic. Also so representative of the rural Iowa lifestyle, which we visit almost every year. Most of us have seen the play in one form or another -- including high school and community theater. A great experience, but the movie has great stars -- who would make a better Professor Harold Hill than Robert Preston, and no Marian the Librarian could do better than Shirley Jones. The support group is also very strong --including Buddy Hackett and Paul Ford. The cinema work is outstanding, the music representative of the best of boys bands, and the singing full of enthusiasm. See the movie... many times and patronize the play each time it comes to your community! Earl

Review by anonymous (posted on 19-Jun-2005)

Some musicals endure for a lifetime while some (like "The Musicman") are eternal . This one takes me back to a kinder time and the performers and music remind you why musicals are an American star shining bright. Robert Preston (the one, the only... Professor Harold Hill) takes us on a magical journey to River City and Meridith Wilson's music reminds us why, as kids young & old, we love a big star spangled marching band. The movie does the Broadway show proud. If I'm still kicking in another quarter century I'll dust this one off and again relive those great songs that remind me why I played the Trombone all these 50 plus years following in the footsteps of my grandfather who once played with "Wilson" in the prestigous "John Phillips Sousa Band". Next time you're bored give this a look-see and test yourself on the tongue-twister songs that Preston made sound soooo easy to sing. Many a community theater has realized the demands of this one.

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