February 13th, 2021


Movie Critique - The Music Man

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: To simply put, this is how musicals should be. It's a lively film with spirit, fun, romance, touches your heart, and at the same time teaches some lessons too. A must watch, if you haven't watched it yet. 

The Music Man is a 1962 American musical comedy film directed and produced by Morton DaCosta; and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. It stars Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford, Pert Kelton, and the barbershop quartet The Buffalo Bills among others.

Traveling salesman "Professor" Harold Hill (portrayed by Robert Preston) is famous for duping unsuspecting citizens; and a regular con man. He arrives in River City, Iowa with a new plan to con the citizens of the town who are known for their stubbornness. Masquerading as a band instructor, he starts to implement his plan, with his trusted aide Marcellus Washburn (portrayed by Buddy Hackett). Instead the local librarian, Marian Paroo (portrayed by Shirley Jones) falls in love with him. And now Professor has a moral dilemma tied to his heart.

The film was based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name by Meredith Wilson which was also directed by DaCosta. The story of the play was written by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey for which Marion Hargrove gave the screenplay. The film is set in 1912.

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