“The Music Man” quotes

Movie The Music Man
Title The Music Man
Year 1962
Director Morton DaCosta
Genre Comedy, Musical, Romance
Plot – Harold Hill is a swindler who arrives in the grim River City with the purpose of deceiving the community, pretending to coordinate a band of young adults and running away with the money. Things get worse when he falls in love with a girl who works in the library. From that moment onwards, his true mission is to distract her from finding out the truth.
All actors – Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett, Hermione Gingold, Paul Ford, Pert Kelton, Bills The Buffalo, Timmy Everett, Susan Luckey, Ron Howard, Harry Hickox, Charles Lane
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  • “- Tommy Djilas: Mayor Shinn, your honor, your daughter and I have been going steady behind your back.
    - Mayor George Shinn: What?
    - Tommy Djilas: We'd rather be doing it in front of your back.
    - Mayor George Shinn: Doing what?
    - Tommy Djilas: Well...
    - Mayor George Shinn: Never mind!”

    Timmy Everett - Tommy Djilas
    Paul Ford - Mayor George Shinn
    [Tag:date, daughter]
  • “Ladies and gentlemen, either you are closing your eyes to a situation you do not wish to acknowledge, or you are not aware of the caliber of disaster indicated by the presence of a pool table in your community!”
    Robert Preston - Harold Hill
  • “- Charlie Cowell: Don't believe I caught your name.
    - Harold Hill: Don't believe I dropped it.”

    Harry Hickox - Charlie Cowell
    Robert Preston - Harold Hill
  • “Never allow the demands of tomorrow to interfere with the pleasure and excitement of today.”
    Robert Preston - Harold Hill
  • - Mayor George Shinn: Not one poop out of you, Madame!
    - Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn: I think he means "peep"!
    - Mayor George Shinn: Yes!

    Paul Ford - Mayor George Shinn
    Hermione Gingold - Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn
    [Tag:mistake, words]
  • A man can't turn tail and run just because a little personal risk is involved. What did Shakespeare say? "Cowards die a thousand deaths, the brave man... only 500"?
    Robert Preston - Harold Hill
    [Tag:fear, quotations]
  • “- Zaneeta Shinn: It's indecent to meet boys at the footbridge!
    - Tommy Djilas: First thing after supper?
    - Zaneeta Shinn: All right! Ye Gods!”

    Susan Luckey - Zaneeta Shinn
    Timmy Everett - Tommy Djilas
  • River City, station stop River City. Just crossed the state line into Iowa. Population of River: twenty-two hundred and twelve. Cigarettes: illegal in this state!”

    Percy Helton - Train conductor
    [Tag:crime, smoking]
  • “- Marian Paroo: No, please, not tonight. Maybe tomorrow.
    - Harold Hill: Oh, my dear little librarian. You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you are left with nothing but a lot of empty yesterdays. I don't know about you, but I'd like to make today worth remembering.”

    Shirley Jones - Marian Paroo
    Robert Preston - Harold Hill
    [Tag:carpe diem]
  • “Not boys' bands? Well, ain't no call for a boys' band in this town. Anything these Iowa people don't have already, they do without.”
    Buddy Hackett - Marcellus Washburn
  • “It's a well-known principle that if you keep the flint in one drawer and the steel in the other, you'll never strike much of a fire.”

    Pert Kelton - Mrs. Paroo
    [Tag:men, metaphors]
  • “- Marcellus Washburn: I heard you was in steam automobiles.
    - Harold Hill: I was... till someone actually 'invented' one!”

    Buddy Hackett - Marcellus Washburn
    Robert Preston - Harold Hill
    [Tag:cars, invention]