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The Music Man [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 02/02/2010 Run time: 177 minutes Rating: G
The Music Man was one of the last great movie musicals from any studio, and it proved to be that rarest of events: a Broadway show that was measurably improved by its transition to the screen. Robert Preston made his musical debut--both live and on film--as "Professor" Harold Hill, the upbeat charlatan who promises to teach a small-town boys band by the "think system." But it's the part Preston was born to play and the one for which he will always be best remembered. Composer Meredith Willson based The Music Man on his own small-town Midwestern boyhood, circa 1912, a quasi-mythical place where the old-maid librarian looks and sings like Shirley Jones. The boy himself is an adorable Ron Howard, lisp-singing "Gary, Indiana." Willson's entire score, featuring a combination of what are now standards, such as "Goodnight My Someone" and "Till There Was You" and show-specific numbers ("Trouble," "76 Trombones"), is never less than infectious. This dazzling special edition is also as bright and sunny as any 4th of July in Iowa could ever hope to be. --Robert Windeler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I'm giving 2 stars instead of 1 for the acting abilities of Shirley Jones and Robert Preston but the "story" itself was SOOOOO annoying, I gave up after the first 30 minutes.
This was like sitting through one long, long parade of marching bands and goofey dialogue. The story meandered on and on aimlessly.
Obviously, it appealed to a lot of people, judging by all the positive reviews but not what I expected and not one I'll EVER watch again.
If you don't know the story of this show, here is a brief resumé: A slick travelling salesman descends upon a small town in Iowa in the early 1900s, selling a line of band instruments and uniforms. His method is simple: create fear among the townsfolk that their youngsters are headed for perdition, and can only be saved from the pool-hall by getting them involved in a 'boys band' in the town. The complication arises when he learns there is a REAL music teacher in the town--who is also the local librarian--and, in classic style, he falls in love with her, and she with him. The plot is simple and even hackneyed--it is the wonderful songs and beautifully-staged dance numbers which make this show the great film that it is.
Shirley Jones (yes, THAT Shirley Jones, unfairly typecast later in her career as the mother in moronic television series, 'The Partridge Family') has one of the loveliest and purest Broadway ingenue soprano voices you will ever hear, and is as pretty as the proverbial picture. The brainless and talentless sexpot 'stars' of today could take a lesson from her, if only they would.
Robert Preston has that 'edge' so necessary to performing this extremely difficult rôle (it is murderously hard; I know from having tried it myself in a college production), and if his voice is not that of a great lyric tenor, it matters not--much as nobody cared when watching 'My Fair Lady' that Rex Harrison was not a singer either.Read more ›
This joyful film of the 1,375-performance Broadway smash hit, remains an irresistible sky burst of American musical hero Robert Preston, who recreates his Tony® Award winning Broadway triumph, as con artist Harold Hill. Arriving in River City, IOWA, to form a boys band, much to the disapproval and later delight of the town librarian Marion Paroo [Academy Award® winner Shirley Jones]. Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford and 7-year old Ron Howard co-star. With Meredith Wilson’s beloved score and featuring the unforgettable “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Till There Was You” among other marvellous melodies and is orchestrated to brilliant OSCAR® winning effect by Ray Heindorf.
FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Academy Awards®: Wine: Best Musical Score adaptation or treatment for Ray Heindorf. Nominated: Best Picture for Morton DaCosta. Nominated: Best Costume (color) for Dorothy Jeakins. Nominated: Best Art Direction (color) for Paul Groesse and George James Hopkins. Nominated: Best Film Editing for William H. Ziegler. Nominated: Best Sound for George Groves. Jack L. Warner, who was notorious for wanting to film stage musicals with stars other than the ones who played the roles onstage, wanted Frank Sinatra for the role of Professor Harold Hill, but Meredith Willson insisted upon Robert Preston. Cary Grant was also "begged" by Warner Bros. to play Professor Harold Hill but he declined, saying "nobody could do that role as well as Bob Preston.Read more ›
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Well done entertainment with some memorable tunes. Film quality itself was quite good.Published 5 months ago by Otto Herrmann
I love the music in this film. The story is simple but there is a positive message of hope and restoration. All the actors are great.Published 8 months ago by Joker
Sometimes older is better; as in "this is a great oldie!"Published 9 months ago by Mary-louise Jones
The Music Man is, without doubt, my favourite Broadway musical. And this DVD does not disappoint, indeed, it points out just how remarkable, how splendid are the performances of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Allan S. Roberts