DAILY DOSE OF DELIGHT #14 (From TWO ROBERT PRESTON FILMS) in MAD ABOUT MUSICALS: THE HISTORY OF THE HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS Posted June 26, 2018 Have you seen any Robert Preston films that are not musicals? If so, what do you notice about his characters and his approach to acting, now that you are more aware of his dedication to working his craft outside of his stage or film work? This question made me think immediately of "How The West Was Won". Robert Preston played the wagon train master who wants to take Debbie Reynolds as his wife. His character was very straight-forward and direct, self-assured and in control, very much like I imagined Robert Preston to be in real life. Before "The Music Man", Preston seemed to be relegated to being the second fiddle or best friend of the leading man, but somehow he always managed to get you to pay attention to his character. The success of "The Music Man" broke him out of those secondary roles and made him a star.