The Music Man (Blu-Ray) 1962 Movie DVD
Composer: Meredith Willson
Lyricist: Meredith Willson
Preston, Robert/Jones, Shirley
The Music Man by Meredith Willson is among the best movie musicals and a slice of Americana. Robert Preston's virtuoso portrayal of con man Harold Hill transfers from the stage in a part he was born to play, considered one of the best performances in any movie musical. Shirley Jones is perfect as his love interest, Marian Paroo and the portrayal of the River City townfolk is memorable. The film's embrace of small-town American life the movie as distinctive dramatically as it is musically. Preston carries the movie, but he receives memorable support from Jones, Ron Howard as her little brother Winthrop, Buddy Hackett as his sidekick and such stalwarts as Paul Ford, Hermione Gingold and Pert Kelton among the River City townspeople. The score includes Till There Was You, later covered by The Beatles and often mistaken for one of their songs. Made in 1962 at the height of the blockbuster movie musical era, The Music Man can hold its own among such better-known contemporaries as West Side Story (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), and The Sound of Music (1965). Amazingly well-transferred to Blu-Ray!