The Music Man

Other mistake: During the scene where the teens are performing that "kicking" routine in the gymnasium as led by Tommy Djilas, you can see Harold Hill in the back left of the screen, watching. Right before the number ends, a costume prop can be seen coming from the back middle of the dancers and hitting Robert Preston in the face.

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Other mistake: Immediately after the unexpected breakup of the 4th of July festivities at the High School, Professor Hill intercepts Zaneeta on her way to the "library." 4th of July is a national holiday and it is unlikely the library would be open since it is a public facility ("he left the city the library building, but he left all the books to her"). Second, even if the library was open, this scene is less than five minutes after the festivities were unexpectedly broken up, so Marian (the librarian) would not have scheduled an opening time until later, after the festivities were expected to end.

Continuity mistake: In the beginning when the Anvil Salesman gets on the train, he sits down, arms to the side, the camera angle changes, and his arms are immediately on his hat adjusting it. (00:03:10)

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Charlie Cowell: Who do you think you're protectin'? That guy's got a gal in every county in Illinois and that's 102 counties. Not countin' the piano teachers like you he cozies up to, just keep your mouths shut! Neither one of you's heard the last o' me, girly-girl.

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Trivia: Shirley Jones was pregnant during the movie. She wore a special corset to conceal this. Director Morton DaCosta did not want anyone else involved in the movie to be aware of her pregnancy. He was so successful, that it was not until the kissing scene on the bridge that Robert Preston (Harold Hill) found out, when he was shocked to feel Jones' baby kicking him in the stomach.

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Question: If the movie was supposedly taking place in Indiana, why then during town meeting to runoff the band director did Marian tell the town folks to "put aside your Iowa stubbornness"?

Answer: The movie doesn't take place in Indiana. It takes place in River City, Iowa, which is established multiple times throughout the movie.

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