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- kevin sellers
Thanks for the kind words. I think you meant to say "thread" though, not "tread", unless of course you meant tires which, considering what a nincompoop you are, I wouldn't put past you.
Still a favorite!
- Kevin C
I saw this movie 7 times when it first came out - I was in 2nd grade - and never got over it. I was obsessed. I cant believe it actually holds up, but ti really does. I think the casting is brilliant - Hermione Gingold! Buddy Hackett! (sorry other Kevin) Opie - using familiar TV actors made it xtra friendy. Dorothy Jeakins costumes are wonderful, and don't overlook the really terrific dance numbers. They are tops. I love this show as much now as I did in 1962. HOWEVER perversely I always wondered what if they had cast Doris Day and James Garner in the leads...just sayin.....
You tell 'em, Kevin...
...where would this tread be without you? Thanks for making it about as interactive as it ever gets. Anthony
response to previous review
- kevin sellers
Buddy Hackett and "perfect" should not be in the same sentence. Or fragment.
- Susan Hudek
Robert Preston: PerfectShirley Jones: PerfectPert Kelton: PerfectPaul Ford and Hermione Gingold: PerfectBuddy Hackett: PerfectRonny Howard: PerfectThe Buffalo Bills: PerfectMeredith Wilson's Music: PerfectOne of the most joyful,happy movie musicals madeAs one of the reviewers said. You'll be singing this soundtrack for days after.
Now this is a REAL love story!
- Thomas DiMaggio
I love "The Music Man" for any number of reasons; but one of the biggest (which I've never seen mentioned anywhere else) is that the love story between Harold and Marian is as well-motivated as in any great straight play. Marian, however she affects indifference to the coldness with which she is regarded by the ladies of River City, is lonely in her social isolation, and longs to be part of the life of the town. When Harold makes that possible, by insisting that the ladies include her in their new cultural activities, she is grateful to him.Then, when he shows such kindness to her brother Winthrop, and brings him out of his shell, he resolves the only real problem in Marian's otherwise happy family, and thereby paves the way for him to join that family. Harold, for his part, realizes that his success as a con man depends on his remaining light on his feet -- and that, in this area, his biological clock is definitely ticking. For all of his light mockery of Marcellus' decision to settle down with a real job (and Ethel Toppelmeyer), Harold realizes that, if a comparable chance for happiness presents itself to him, he'd be a fool not to take it. Then, when Marian reveals how she protected him by concealing his deception about being a graduate of "Gary Conservatory, Class of '05", he sees that he's earned the love of a good woman, and has the sense to accept it. None of this is meant to diminish the delights of Meredith Willson's score, or the charming choreography; but even dream castles fare much better when they're built on solid foundations; and "The Music Man" certainly is.
the musical mouth of madness.
never has a movie inspired by a play .. continued to drive both children and parents ..totally insane during the course of a school year.
The Music Man
- Michael Whitty
An energetic musical about a shyster traveling salesman who wants to take the people's money and run but falls in love with Marion the librarian. It's all done in the spirit of fun and music with some great songs by Meridith Willson whose popular Broadway hit became a popular Hollywood hit. Robert Preston was the force of Professor Harold Hill on stage and on film as this storyline in River City Iowa with Harold Hill trying to get a boys band going and Marion not knowing what to think about him. The songs are good..."76 Trombone", "Being In Love", "Till There Was You", "Wells Fargo Wagon", "You Got Trouble", "Marion the Librarion"...and more. The better musicals have a better spirit to run with and "The Music Man" from 1962 captures that spirit quickly and song-by-song plays up its storyline. "The Music Man" won the Oscar for music adaptation that year and served as a springboard for many other big musicals such as "My Fair Lady" and "The Sound of Music" and "Camelot" and "Funny Girl". It was Shirley Jones as Marion who brings the female energy and attraction and changes Harold Hill into a more self-believing guy. An all-american musical "The Music Man" continues to entertain with its rich musical flavor just as it did 50 years ago.
The Best "Music Man"there is.
- Kevin S.Butler
Robert Preston gives his best performance in this film..as he recreateshis stage character of"Prof.Harold Hill"...with charm and humor that issure to make anyone cheer him on.The script,songs,and the cast areequally enjoyable.
Musical celebrating Love
- Will Fox
Shirley Jones' metamorphosis from shrew, cynical spinster librarian, to Playboy Hugh Hefner's "Girl Next Door" fantasy figure to be savored, and ultimately to the sincere, heart-winning redeemer and inspiration for the repentance of the long-tenured, phony academic, (embodiment of today's perverse lecturers), Professor Harold Hill, makes this film a triumph of satire. Delightful winner of six Academy Award nominations!
Music stays in your head for weeks, if not months
- Dancing Doll
Initially I thought, how am I going to sit through 2 1/2 hours of a movie? Turns out, it wasn't long enough. What great music! Those barber shop quartet men could have sung the whole time! And the way they overlapped the different songs to harmonize overlapping scenes was very creative. The acting, the plot, the music were all great. Only compliant - if I have to have one - is I wish there was more dancing. But the music made up for it. I'm still singing "Ya Got Trouble" and I watched this about a month ago. And I'm in my thirties. This film is for everyone. All ages, both genders.
Meredith Wilson's: The Music Man
A colorful, overtly-cheerful adaptation of the famous musical. Preston, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance, is a con-man who arrives in a sleepy Iowa town and convinces most of it's residents to start a boys band, everyone but Jones, another Golden Globe-nominated performance, is charmed by the idea. Won a Oscar for it's delightful score, the songs are hummable, but the story and characters can be predictable and flat. A charming, safe piece of Americana. I give it a 3/5.
The music man
Never in my life have i seen a better musical. how can you not sing along to "sadder but wiser girl for me" and " Marian the librarian" and all the others! this musical is wonderfully casted and it seems as if every actor was meant for that part! i have seen this movie over and over again and still don't get bored. i recommend this funny, exciting musical to everyone! please watch the music man... trust me, it will be your new favorite musical!
- Nurse Noir
This will be short, because all I can say is, "The Music Man" is perfection. I can't think of a thing I'd change. I'm a cranky, cynical elitist but I love everyword and note. I spent my childhood in small town middle America and this gets it just right.
As fine a screen adaptation of a Broadway musical as you'll see. A pure fun feel good movie from start to finish. I've seen it many times and never get tired of watching these great performers. I always get a chuckle out of Hermione Gingold, but it's almost unfair to single out any one member of the cast. If you haven't yet seen Meredith Wilson's The Music Man, catch it when you get a chance. It'll leave you smiling.
Great Film !!
I have seen this film over 30 times and still enjoy it. Robert Preston was great as Harold Hill..Buddy Hackett was great as his sidekick..
There was music.
Fun musical. Light songs and energetic dancing. Loved Ford as the mayor.
The Music Man
I grew up with a reel-to-reel recording of this and other musicals. i don't remember when I first saw the movie, but I sing along every time. I can't decide which song is my favorite, they're all wonderful. A copy of this DVD is in my future and should be in yours!!
The Music Man
- Glen Ellyn
If you like musicals, this is one of the all-time greats. The casting is right on and the music and lyrics are fabulous. How can you not sing along to Shipoopi or Seventy-Six Trombones? Robert Preston was born to play Professor Harold Hill. And don't miss Ronny Howard's performance as Winthrop Paroo. Oh-ho the Wells Fargo Wagon is a-comin' down the street. Oh don't let him pass my door...
Buddy Hackett is a highlight
Although Robert Preston and Shirley Jones are the main characters,Buddy Hackett steals the show with hisgreat comedic talent.
The Music Man is a Must-See
What a great movie. I first saw it when I was 14 years old. Now, I'm 60,and, I still watch it over,and,over..with my grandchildren...If you enjoy musicals,do yourself a favor,and,go rent it...Enjoy...