The Music Man (1962 film)

Music Man is an American film musical in 1962 by Morton DaCosta. The production is a screen adaptation of the eponymous Broadway musical by Meredith Wilson and Franklin Lacey.


Harold Hill is a con man who persuades the residents of small towns in the Midwest of the United States, the need for a boys band. Of course, he offers itself as an organizer and head of the band. Musical instruments and uniforms are ordered from him and sold before the delivery. Harold can not play an instrument, and certainly do not express music lessons, so he disappears with the win.

In the small rural town of River City, Iowa Harold begins his elaborate plot. The local arcade is represented by him as the cause of the neglect of youth. The hall is owned by the Mayor Shinn. The inhabitants a taste for Harold's proposal to establish a boys band. Only the local librarian and piano teacher Marian leek is skeptical. Harold is now attending amplified by the young woman who soon falls in love with him. The exercises start of the chapel, the people are impressed, the concerns of the mayor will be ignored. Even his wife is brought Harold to conduct a committee for women's dance.

Charlie Cowell, a competitor Harold, comes to town. He wants to expose Harold as a fraud. Marian has shocked the residents want to tar and feather Harold. Grab Harold and provide for an interrogation in the parish hall, where just exercises the boys band. Mirian can bring the citizens to not to punish Harold, because even though he has lied, he has caused in the city for a new sense of community. Finally, the boys band moves through the city and celebrates a great music parade.


" Ingenue peppy musical in the usual Hollywood Quality: While the plot remains superficial, shallow, offers the exciting arranged music perfect, albeit undemanding entertainment. "

"The program is good, all performers play in the brisk, bright style of music comedy actors that they are all obvious. "

" [ ... ] Edifying, beating, attractively designed, and finally endearing super- musical. "


  • Profit 1963: Oscar for Ray Heinsdorf in the category of Best Original Score
  • 1963: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture (Musical)
  • 1963: Laurel Award for Best Musical and Best Actor for Robert Preston in a Musical
  • 1963: WGA Award from the Writers Guild of America for Marion Hargrove
  • 2005: Admission to the National Film Registry


The world premiere took place in Mason City / Iowa, the birthplace of Meredith Wilson instead. General theatrical release in the U.S. was June 19, 1962 in Germany., The film on January 18, 1976, broadcast on German television.

The musical was first performed on December 19, 1957 in New York. 1375 ideas were given. Directed by Morton DaCosta also starred Robert Preston in the title role. However, Preston was not the first choice for Warner Bros., the thought of Cary Grant a star. However, after intervention by Meredith Wilson and Morton DaCosta Preston was engaged.

The U.S. television channel ABC produced 2003 eponymous TV movie starring Matthew Broderick as Harold Hill, who was nominated for five Emmys.