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The Music Man [1962] (1 disc)

Director:Morton DaCosta
Writer:Franklin Lacey
Marion Hargrove
Composer:Ray Heindorf
Songs:Meredith Willson
Length:151 minutes
(2 hours 31 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94%
Amazon Rating:5.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: Harold Hill poses as a boys' band leader to con naive Iowa townsfolk.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Morton DaCosta => Director
Franklin Lacey => Writer
Marion Hargrove => Writer
Ray Heindorf => Composer
Meredith Willson => Songs / Musical
Buddy Hackett => Marcellus Washburn
Charles Lane => Constable Locke
Duke Green => Townsman (uncredited)
Eileen Diamond => Dancer (uncredited)
Hank Worden => Undertaker (uncredited)
Harry Hickox => Charlie Cowell
Hermione Gingold => Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
Jesslyn Fax => Avis Grubb
Mary Wickes => Mrs. Squires
Paul Ford => Mayor George Shinn
Percy Helton => Train Conductor (uncredited)
Rance Howard => Oscar Jackson (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg => Harry Joseph (uncredited)
Robert Preston => Harold Hill
Ron Howard => Winthrop Paroo (as Ronny Howard)
Ronnie Dapo => Norbert Smith (uncredited)
Shirley Jones => Marian Paroo
William Fawcett => Lester Lonnergan (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the diner, Harold Hill attempts to remember a William Shakespeare quote: "Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500," to which Marian replies "something like that." The quote he looks for is from "Julius Caesar", Act 2, Scene 2, when Gaio Giulio Cesare says, "Cowards die many times before their deaths, the valiant never taste of death but once."
  • The two songs "76 Trombones" and "Good Night My Someone" are the same tune, played in different tempos. Meredith Willson used this technique to present a masculine and feminine slant on the on the events surrounding Harold Hill's arrival in River City and his budding relationship with Marian.
  • 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.
  • 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.