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Con man in the guise of a traveling salesman gets off the train in River City, Iowa. After hearing about plans to build a pool hall, he argues it would be the gateway to hell for the young, impressionable males of the town. He then convinces the River Cityzens to look toward the future of the community and finance a wholesome children's marching band. Although the huckster plans to take their money and run before the instruments arrive, his feelings for the town librarian cause him to think twice about fleeing the Heartland. This isn't just a slice of Americana; it's a whole pie. Acting and singing are terrific "with a capital 'T' and that rhymes with 'P' and that stands for" Preston, who epitomizes the charismatic pitchman.

Time-Life Video and Television, 1450 Palmyra Ave., Richmond, VA 23227-4420, Phone: (804)266-6330, Toll-free: 800-950-7887, Fax: (757)427-7905

Available on Running time 151 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Musical Drama, Adapted from a Musical, Top Grossing Films of 1962, Salespeople, Libraries and Librarians, Pool, Scams, Stings & Cons, 4 Bones
Marion Hargrove
Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford, Pert Kelton, Ron Howard
Robert Burks
Morton DaCosta
Meredith Willson, Ray Heindorf
William Ziegler


Oscars 1962: Adapt. Score; Golden Globes 1963: Film--Mus./Comedy, Natl. Film Reg. 2005.

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The Music Man
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The Music Man came out in 1962 and has a total running time of 151 minutes. Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermoine Gingold, Pert Kelton and Ron Howard star in this romantic comedy/musical. Harold Hill is a con man and his next stop is a town called River City. His plan was to offer equipment for a boy’s marching band and then run with the money. Things change when he makes an impact on the town and falls for the librarian.