The Music Man

  • Film
  • Drama
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Overlong but generally faithful and entertaining screen version of Meredith Willson's Broadway hit, with Preston in fine form as the con-man whose bogus music professor enlivens a small Iowa town by convincing the inhabitants they need a uniformed brass band, with himself on expenses. Zestily performed and choreographed, beautifully shot by Robert Burks, full of standards like '76 Trombones' and 'Till There Was You', and endowed with a warming nostalgia for old-fashioned ways.

Release details

Duration: 151 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Morton Da Costa
Screenwriter: Marion Hargrove
Cast: Robert Preston
Shirley Jones
Buddy Hackett
Hermione Gingold
Pert Kelton
Paul Ford
Timmy Everett
Susan Lucky
Ron Howard
Harry Hickox

Average User Rating

3.1 / 5

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LindaJ

Loved it then, love it now! Music is uplifting and dialog holds up as long as you remember the era in which the movie takes place. I think all the actors did a great job, and I enjoy watching whenever it comes on TCM.

LindaJ

Loved it then, love it now! Music is uplifting and dialog holds up as long as you remember the era in which the movie takes place. I think all the actors did a great job, and I enjoy watching whenever it comes on TCM.

CharlieX

Some films, like Wizard of Oz, age beautifully. Not this one. The movie doesn't move out of its Broadway shell and hardly seems a movie. Perhaps this won't bother fans of Broadway musicsls, but film buffs? Things seem so dated; the background cast and costumes come across as so provincial and dated. And Marion falls so easily, in the end, for the huckster, with the help of the director's use of defocusing the camera to connote her altered state (ick). While a couple tunes are memorable, others are just irrelevant place-holders that make you wonder why they exist.

CharlieX

Some films, like Wizard of Oz, age beautifully. Not this one. The movie doesn't move out of its Broadway shell and hardly seems a movie. Perhaps this won't bother fans of Broadway musicsls, but film buffs? Things seem so dated; the background cast and costumes come across as so provincial and dated. And Marion falls so easily, in the end, for the huckster, with the help of the director's use of defocusing the camera to connote her altered state (ick). While a couple tunes are memorable, others are just irrelevant place-holders that make you wonder why they exist.