the music man
the year: 1962
the genre: musical
the cast: Shirley Jones (Marian Paroo); Robert Preston (Prof. Harold Hill); Hermione Gingold (Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn); Buddy Hackett (Marcellus Washburn); Paul Ford (Mayor George Shinn); Ron Howard (Winthrop Paroo)
the plot: Confidence man Harold Hill arrives at staid River City intending to cheat the community with his standard scam of offering to equip and train a boy's marching band, then skip town with the money since he has no music skill anyway. Things go awry when he falls for a librarian he tries to divert from exposing him.
count: how many times Mayor Shinn warns someone to watch their phraseology.
check out: Mrs. Shinn “count to twenty in the Indian tongue...” . Her nonsense words ("Een! Teen! Tether mether fip!...”) it seems are some form of traditional British sheep-counting.
listen for: “That's Zaneta, she's the mayor's oldest girl. “
did you know: Just prior to the "Lida Rose" number, Harold mentions a bassoon player named Madame Rini. Rini was the name of TMM writer and composer Meredith Willson's wife.
did you also know: the songs "76 Trombones" and "Goodnight My Someone" are the same tune arranged in different time signatures.
also listen for: “Think, boys. Think!”
don’t miss: Tommy and Zaneta in the final credits. While marching down the street, Susan Luckey nearly knocks off Timmy Everett’s tall hat with her baton, apologizing on camera.