Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Case Study No. 1550: Marian Paroo (The Wonderful World of Disney)

The Music Man - Part 8
Meredith Willson's The Music Man starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth (2003).

Part Eight.

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[scene opens with young Marian Paroo pushing a bookcart around the River City Public Library, when she notices a young couple talking and giggling near the card catalog]
MARIAN: Shhh ...
[she gives them a tight smile, then walks towards the stacks and begins pulling books, which reveals Harold Hill waiting for her on the other side of the shelf]
HAROLD: It's alright, I know everything, and it doesn't make any difference ...
[he continues to casually leaf through a book, as Marian gives him a dirty look]
MARIAN: [whispers] What are you talking about?
HAROLD: You were probably very young ... Anyone can make a mistake.
MARIAN: [whispers] What?
HAROLD: No apologies, no explanations, please. I'm only in town a short time and ... the sadder but wiser girl for me.
[he gives her a fake smile, so she reshelves a book (to block her view of him) then comes over to the other side to confront him directly]
MARIAN: Will you please make your selection and leave?
HAROLD: I have ...
[she starts walking away]
MARIAN: Well, what do you want to take out?
HAROLD: The librarian!
[all of the patrons turn and stare at them, as Marian looks around in embarrassment]
MARIAN: [whispers] Quiet, please!
HAROLD: [whispers] The librarian ...
[she starts walking away again]
HAROLD: You're not listening, Marian.
[she ignores him and steps behind the front desk]
[he pulls a bag out of his pocket]
HAROLD: [singing] Marrrrian!
[he points at the bag]
HAROLD: Marbles! Six steelies, eight aggies, a dozen pee-wees, and one big glassie with an American flag in the middle ... I think I'll drop 'em!
[he motions as if he's going to open the bag]
[he quickly closes the bag and puts a finger to his lips]
[he swings the bag back and forth, as Marian tries (unsuccessfully) to grab it from him]
HAROLD: [singing] Madam Librarrrrrian! What can I do, my dear, to catch your ear? I love you madly madly, Madam Librarian ...
[she shuts a box on the table]
HAROLD: [singing] Marian! Heaven help us if the library caught on fire, and the Volunteer Hose Brigademen had to whisper the news to Marrrrian ...
[she tries to do work amongst the stacks, but he keeps following her]
HAROLD: [singing] Madam Librarrrrrian!
[she tries walking away from the stacks, but he suddenly appears sitting in a chair in front of her]
HAROLD: [singing] What can I say, my dear, to make it clear I need you badly badly, Madam Librarian ...
[he takes her hand, but she pulls it away]
HAROLD: [singing] Marian! If I stumbled and I busted my what-you-may-call-it, I could lie on your floor unnoticed, 'til my body had turned to carrrrrion ...
[she tries to go up the stairs, but he starts dancing in her way]
HAROLD: [singing] Madam Librarrrrrian!
[he moves and lets her climb the stairs, but he suddenly appears at the top of the steps]
HAROLD: [singing] Now in the moonlight, a man could sing it! In the moonlight ...
[as he continues his song, Marian suddenly starts getting a wistful look in her eyes, but catches herself and again walks away from him]
HAROLD: [singing] And a fellow would know that his darling had heard every word of his song, with the moonlight helping along!
[they sit on a bench looking into each other's eyes, then she drops her book on the floor]
HAROLD: [singing] But when I try in here to tell you, dear, I love you madly madly, Madam Librarian!
[she gets up and tries to run away]
HAROLD: [singing] Marian!
[she gets up, and he chases her down the stairs]
HAROLD: [singing] It's a long lost cause I can never win, for the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin, any talking out loud with any librarian ... such as Marrrrian!
[she keeps walking, but hears him still singing behind her]
HAROLD: [singing] Madam Librarrrrr ...
[she looks around to try and find where he's disappeared to, and he suddenly pops up from behind the front desk]
HAROLD: [singing] Rian!
[she slams her book on the desk and tries to make him leave, but instead of exiting the library, he goes up to the various patrons (each pair consisting of one boy and one girl) and does various things to get them to fall in love, i.e. drop a pencil on the floor, switch their books, push their ladders closer to one another, etc.]
[cut to Marian pushing a bookcart off camera, then back to Harold as he leads the patrons in an extended dance number ... however, everyone immediately runs back to their seats once Marian returns onscreen, where she finds that Harold still hasn't left]
[he holds up the bag of marbles again as she climbs the stairs up to the top floor, then she holds her book to her chest as the lights suddenly dim and Harold appears wearing a full dress uniform]
[cut back to Marian (now wearing a formal blue gown) as Harold climbs the book ladder to her, and they both begin dancing with each other around the now-empty library]
[cut to a closeup of the two as they embrace, when the lights come back on (and they're suddenly back in their normal clothes)]
MARIAN: Oh ...
[she looks around, only to find that all of the patrons are staring at them standing in the middle of the library]
MARIAN: Oh ...
[she pushes him away and goes back to the front desk, but he follows closely behind]
HAROLD: [singing] But when I try in here to tell you, dear, I love you madly madly, Madam Librarian!
[he jumps up on the desk, but she pushes him off]
HAROLD: [singing] Marian! It's a long lost cause I can never win ...
[he rings the bell on the desk, so she tries moving it]
HAROLD: [singing] For the civilized world accepts as unforgivable sin ...
[he rings the bell again, so she moves it again]
HAROLD: [singing] Any talking out loud with any librarian ...
[he motions to ring the bell, but she rings it first]
HAROLD: [singing] Such as Marrrrian!
[she slams a stack of books onto the desk]
HAROLD: [singing] Madam Librarrrrrian!
[he ducks under the desk, then suddenly appears behind her, so she angrily points for him to leave ... he jumps over the desk, heads for the door, then throws the bag of marbles at her before exiting]
MARIAN: Nooooo!
[the patrons all shush her, as she reaches over the desk and grabs the bag before it hits the ground (nearly falling over herself in the process)]



The Music Man is a 2003 American television film directed by Jeff Bleckner and starring Matthew Broderick and Kristin Chenoweth.

The television production, which was broadcast by ABC on the February 16, 2003 edition of The Wonderful World of Disney, is based on the book of the 1957 stage musical by Meredith Willson, which was based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The musical was adapted for television by Sally Robinson.

Professor Harold Hill (Broderick), a con artist who makes a living by selling instruments and uniforms to aspiring musicians he fails to teach once they are delivered, sets his sights on the naive citizens of River City, Iowa as his latest targets. With the assistance of former sidekick Marcellus Washburn, who now is living in the rural town, Harold convinces the residents their only hope of saving their sons from the corruption of the local pool hall is to allow him to create a marching band and help them develop their musical talents.

Suspicious of Harold's claim that he has a musical degree from the "Gary Conservatory of Music", prim and proper town librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo (Chenoweth) begins to investigate his background, much to the dismay of her mother, who hopes by participating in the band, Marian's younger brother Wintrop will overcome the shyness he suffers as the result of a pronounced lisp. Marian tries to enlist the aid of Mayor Shinn, whose wife Eulalie and her friends always have looked askance at Marian due to her relationship with a man who left the library building to the town but all its contents to Marian. Mayor Shinn appoints four city councilmen to look into Harold's past, but they fall under his spell when he encourages them to emulate a barbershop quartet and never quite manage to see his alleged credentials. By the time Marian uncovers the truth about Harold, she has fallen in love with the shyster and he in turn - much to his surprise - feels the same way about her.

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