The Music Man
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Meredith Wilson's hit 1957 Broadway musical was transferred to the screen in larger-than-life fashion in 1962. Robert Preston repeats his legendary stage performance as fast-talking con man Harold Hill, who goes from town to town selling citizens on starting a "boy's band," then extracts money from them by ordering instruments and uniforms, with the promise that he'll teach the kids how to be musicians. Once he's collected his bankroll, Hill skips town, leaving the kids in the lurch. Looking for new suckers in Iowa, Hill arrives in River City, where he declares that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A treat to re-watch, almost 50 years from its original production date."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The music is glorious, but as a movie, this is a photographed play, a nostalgic evocation of small-town American that was congruent with Kennedy's New Frontier; within a year, though, Kennedy would be assassinated and the optimistic mood would vanish"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Too stagey and too gooey, but it preserves Preston's classic performance"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Glorious production, with gorgeous music, dancing."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"One of the most obnoxious musicals ever to be staged for movie cameras."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Robert Preston shines in one of the sunniest ol' musical classics under the sun."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"...a quintessential slice of Americana, featuring wonderful music, engaging characters, and an uplifting story."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Robert Preston is note-perfect in a bright musical even non-fans of the genre will enjoy."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"reminds of that good old down-home attitude of the Midwest"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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