Starring: Robert Preston (Harold Hill), Shirley Jones (Marian), Buddy Hackett (Marcellus), Hermione Gingold (Mrs. Shinn), and Ronny Howard (Winthrop)

The story takes place near the turn of the century, in River City, Iowa, a small Midwestern town.  The town is preparing for the 4th of July exercises, when a stranger arrives with an interesting proposition: “River City’s gotta have a boys’ band.”

Prof. Harold Hill -- The Music Man, arrives at the exercises, baits the hook, with the parents, and reels them in at the gymnasium, during the iconic “76 Trombones”!


This film is filled to the brim with songs and dances (“Marian the Librarian”, “Pick-a- Little-Talk-a-Little”, “Shipoopi”), that will have all your clients, students, and family members, singing, dancing, and reminiscing in their seats.

Discussion topics may include:

Character motivation/attitudes

 First impressions

 Pivotal moments

 Socially acceptable behavior/etiquette

 Reminiscences regarding dating/flirting 

What a great way to bring a group, or family together, on a warm summer’s day, or cool summer evening!

Click these links to discover more ways to use this film with all your clientele:


Yauch, L (2015) Movies and Music: A Guide to Turning the Classic Movie Musical into An Interactive Event Raleigh, North Carolina:

Yauch, L (1st July 2012). Happy Independence Day {Blog Post}. Retrieved from

Yauch, L (1st July 2015). Party with Your Shipoopi {Blog Post}. Retrieved from