The Music Man

Starring: Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett & Robert Preston Director: Morton DaCosta  Rated: G: General Audiences
The Music Man
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DVD Features:

  • Documentary
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Subtitles: English & French
  • Rated: G
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 31 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1962
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Trailers: 2 Theatrical Trailers
    • Documentary with Exclusive Premier Footage and Interviews with Cast and Crew
    • Featurette: Right Here In River City
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1962 - Best Adapted or Musical Song/Score: Ray Heindorf

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 02/26/1999
"...[Featuring] Meredith Willson's great score, abundant Robert-Preston-Shirley Jones charm and zesty 2 1/2 hour pacing..."
Wall Street Journal - 07/17/2009
"THE MUSIC MAN is an American milestone in the history of jubilance, thanks to Willson's score and Robert Preston's majestic zest..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

, the joyful film of the 1,375-performance Broadway smash, remains an irresistible skyburst of Americana. Robert Preston recreates his Tony-winning Broadway triumph as con artist Harold Hill, arriving in River City, Iowa, to form a boys band, much to the disapproval...and later delight of town librarian Marian Paroo (Academy Award winner Shirley Jones). Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford and 7 year-old Ron Howard co-star. Meredith Wilson's sassy, brassy score, is orchestrated to Oscar-winning effect by Ray Heindorf. Digitally mastered from restored elements, this new edition offers a revitalized picture and vibrantly remixed Dolby Digital Surround Stereo.

Product Description:

An energetic con artist convinces the citizens of a small turn-of-the-century community to form a boy's band - which he plans to lead. This classic Hollywood musical features such hits as "76 Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," and many more. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture. Academy Awards: Best Adapted Score.

Plot Synopsis:

Professor Harold Hill, a travelling salesman, makes his living by duping small towns into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' marching band. Hill sells parents on the idea by promising to teach the boys how to play, but as soon as they hand over their money, he skips out. His latest stop is River City, Iowa, where he soon has the locals up in arms over the threat to public morals posed by the neighborhood pool hall; how better to save their sons' souls than by creating a boys' band' Only one thing stands between Hill and success: the town's pretty but skeptical librarian, who threatens to expose his schemes -- if she doesn't declare her love for him first.

Plot Keywords:

Family (General) | Romance | Scams And Cons | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Originally produced for the Broadway stage by Kermit Bloomgarden with Herbert Greene in association with Frank Productions, Inc. Director Morton Da Costa also directed the stage musical. Appearing in both the stage and film versions were Robert Preston, Pert Kelton, Paul Ford, and the Buffalo Bills, among others.
  • Ronny Howard's father, Rance, appears in the film as "Oscar Jackson."
  • The barbershop quartet "The Buffalo Bills" were Al Shea (who played Ewart Dunlop), Wayne Ward (Oliver Hix), Vern Reed (Jacey Squires), and Bill Spangenberg (Olin Britt).
  • Additional cast: Monique Vermont (as Amaryllis), Ronnie Dapo (Norbert Smith), Jesslyn Fax (Avis Grubb), Patty Lee Hilka (Gracie Shinn), Garry Potter (Dewey), J. Delos Jewkes (Harley MacCauley), Ray Kellogg (Harry Joseph), William Fawcett (Lester Lonnergan), Roy Dean (Gilbert Hawthorne), David Swain (Chet Glanville), Arthur Mills (Herbert Malthouse), Rand Barker (Duncan Shyball), Jeannine Burnier (Jessie Shyball), Shirley Claire (Amy Dakin), Natalie Core (Truthful Smith), Therese Lyon (Dolly Higgins), Penelope Martin (Lila O'Brink), Anne Loos (Stella Jackson), Peggy Wynne (Ada Nutting), Natalie Masters (Farmer's Wife), Peggy Mondo (Townswoman), Sarah Seeger (Townswoman), Adnia Rice (Townswoman), Maudie Prickett (Townswoman), and Charles Perchesky (Salesman).
  • Carl Combs served as Unit Publicist.
  • Music published by Frank Music Corp.
  • Filmed in Super Technirama 70 and Technicolor at the Warner Bros. Studios. Original projected aspect ratio: 2.2: 1. Featured RCA six-track magnetic stereophonic sound.
  • In his 1995 memoir, "My American Journey," General Colin Powell lists "The Music Man" as one of his favorite films.

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