I love The Music Man. Saw it the first time last summer when I was visiting my friend in Iowa. It's so funny how they playfully poke fun at Iowans in the movie. But they can do that since Meredith Wilson was an Iowan.
And I've been told he composed the Hawkeyes fight song.
"We're gonna fight! Fight! Fight for Iowa, till the walls and rafters ring! GO HAWKS!!" Yeah, I know the fight song.
Some of my favorite lines of "Music Man":
"Mighty fine animal you got there!"
"For a horse!"
"Can you direct me to the center of town?"
"Sure. Runs right up the middle of the street!"
"Excuse me, could you direct me to a fine hotel?"
"Try the Palmer house in Chicago!"
"Say, I'm new in town, what do you alll do around here for fun?"
"Mind our business!"
"Whatever these Iowa folk don't have already they do without!"
"What's new around here?"
"Well...yesterday a farmer came into a town that had three yolks!"
"Three yolks, eh? Well what do people talk about?"
"Well there's the weather...when it's in season!"
And my favorite lines from one of my favorite songs, sung by my favorite character, Mrs. Paroo (partly because she reminds me of my Iowan friend):
"I know all about your standards an' if ye don't mind me sayin' so,
There's not a man alive who can hope to measure up
To that blend o' Paul Bunyan, St. Pat an' Noah Webster ye've concocted for yerself
Out o' your Irish imagination, your Iowa stubborness and you're li'berry full o' books!"
"Alrigh', Alrigh, but it's a well known fact that if ye keep the flint in one drawer and th' steel in another, you'll never strike much of a fire!"
"Set down, I've got some jelly on the stove!"
"Mama, you don't have any jelly on the stove!"
"Well I'll PUT some on!"
Last one, I promise!
(After Prof. Hill has asked Marian to meet him at the footbridge and she says yes, and he leaves)
"Saints be praised, it works!"
"What works, Mama?"
"The Think System!! I've been usin' it on ye from the parlor!"