Music Man (Blu-ray) (1962)
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Editor's NoteAn 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.
The Music Man (1962) - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Dusty Somers Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 2/2/2010 7:17 AM
|After a period of rapidly declining popularity, the musical film experienced a sort of rebirth in American cinema in the ’60s, with West Side Story taking home the Best Picture Oscar for 1961 and The Sound of Music becoming a smash roadshow hit in 1965, spawning many musicals in its wake that were not near the box office success it was. Right in the middle of that period is another American musical classic, 1962’s The Music Man, with Robert Preston reprising his Tony Award-winning role as Harold Hill, con man extraordinaire, and Shirley Jones starring as potential foil Marian Paroo. The nostalgia factor is high for this film, which certainly has its dated moments and is saturated in a gee-schucks wholesomeness that becomes a little unbearable at points, but it’s quite a successful expression of the genre and Preston’s charisma is undeniable....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Marion Hargrove - Writer|
|Paul Groesse - Production Designer|
|Onna White - Choreographer|
|William Ziegler - Editor|
|Robert Burks - Cinematographer|
|Meredith Willson - Composer|
|Morton Da Costa - Producer|
|Morton Da Costa - Director|
Plot SummaryProfessor 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.