G | | Comedy, Family, Musical
Saturday Night Live did a parody skit of this musical, and of the Wells Fargo banking scandal. It had Harold Hill riding in with the Wells Fargo Wagon and offering the River City Iowa townsfolk bogus accounts; multiple accounts per person; as Wells Fargo was alleged to have done in real life; all the while singing the "Wells Fargo Wagon" musical number of the show.
You've a gift of blarney about you, and no mistakin' about that.
Right before Shipoopi, Mrs. Shinn says her girls are ready to perform, but Ethel dances with Marcellus in the number and is dressed in a flowered dress. Immediately after the number, she is dressed in her Grecian urn outfit, ready to perform.
The letters in the film's title, in producer-director Morton da Costa's name, and in Meredith Willson's name (the first time it appears onscreen) are formed by a miniaturized, stop-motion animated marching band, who also form themselves into musical instruments on which the rest of the opening credits appear.