The Sound Of Music Turns 50

Via the Daily Mail:

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer reunited on Thursday for a 50th anniversary screening of their hit film The Sound Of Music. The 79-year-old actress looked radiant in a loose white blouse, black jacket and matching trousers upon arrival at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Christopher, 85, was dapper in a black suit and blue dress shirt with dotted black tie. The screening featured a restored version of the musical and it opened the TCM Classic Film Festival that runs through Sunday. The restored 4K version of the film also will be screened at over 500 movie theatres in April. The 1965 film was an adaptation of the hit Broadway play by Rodgers & Hammerstein and both provided a fictionalized account of the life of Maria von Trapp.

The first clip below is from last night’s event. 

  • Joe in PA

    Oikos, you say one bad thing about this musical, I will track you down and, and, well, I’ll do bad things to you.

    [stomping feet and turning on my heel]

    • Gustav2

      Well, isn’t it sweet Mr Plummer is embracing the_______ after all the decades of complaining it wasn’t valuable work. Maybe with age he has some fondness for this ______ musical. It is sometimes just what the audience needs.

      • fuow

        I suspect it’s kept his old age quiet well gilded.

        • Gustav2

          And every once in a while a free new suit, shirt and tie.

  • Bj Lincoln

    She was my first big screen crush. It was at an old, very posh theatre. I learned to play and sing every song. She is as beautiful now as she was then and a treasure to the world.

    • George

      Christopher Plummer was probably the first moment I knew I was gay. Such a handsome manly man!

      • guest

        The old Batman TV series, Batman tied up. And no, was not interested in the actor, just the scene made me ready!

        Remember, it is only kinky the first time. Well, the second time, if you do the first time very well, but then it is normal!

      • joeyj1220

        for me it was Rolfe

        • guest

          The soccer player?

        • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

          The one who turned out being a Nazi?

          • Joeyj1220

            Yeah… Early onset uniform fetish… Lol. ;-). (Joeyj1220)

      • Gene

        Seeing Plummer in “Beginners” (2010) with Ewan Mcgreggor as a 73 year old man just coming out was…AMAZING. So So SOOO damn well done.

        WATCH this movie.

        • Octavio

          “Beginners” is a very good film! 100% agree!

      • Larry Ft Pierce

        The dance scene in the garden!

    • guest

      Believe it or not, the Baroness von Trapp,Maria von Trapp, was a family friend from my father’s job. My parents went to her funeral in Vermont. There is a baby picture of me with her holding me and I have a letter she wrote to me as a baby.

      Then again, my mother, when she was in the 1st class of the WAVES, and later during the WW2, she was the secretary (1 of them) for Rear Admiral Rickover, Father of the Nuclear NAVY, and they stayed in touch. This was before my mother went to work for the State Department (well before me) and had crap being mailed to our house until her death. There is also a picture of Rickover holding me as a baby too.

      And the one who buried a number of my family members was John Bradley , who started a funeral home. He was one fo the Flag raisers at Iwo Jima. I have his autograph and a picture of me and him standing next to one another. I even received a hug from him!

      • George

        How cool. Thanks for sharing.

    • TommyTune

      I had a crush on her too – and I’m gay! Go figure that one out. (Of course I was only six when the movie came out.) And you’re right, she’s a treasure, and so was her now-silent singing voice. What a pity about that.

    • Cuberly

      Have you read her autobiography? Wholeheartedly recommend it.

      Talk about illuminating. As far away from Mary Poppins as you can get.

      http://www.amazon.com/Home-Memoir-My-Early-Years/dp/B002DYJKHU

  • Sam_Handwich

    I was involved with a local production this past summer…. they hired me to play the Wurlitzer organ in the theater during the wedding scene (the orchestra pretty much obliterates the organ in the recording)

    https://youtu.be/bWYrteNbUPU?t=1515

    • delk

      That is so cool! So many talented people hang out here.

    • Joe in PA

      Good job Sam. I hope you ‘got to know’ the captain. Ahem.

      But I have to comment on that Samsonite makeup suitcase…haven’t seen one of those in YEARS. 🙂

    • Chucktech

      My hubby STARRED in the movie!

      Well, actually, he was a stand-in for Kurt. or whichever little von Trappling it was. The cast was in Austria, and the stand-ins were back in LA, and he’s actually in a couple of the scenes in the movie. (He feigns embarrassment about this story, but he’s my little movie star!)

      • Robincho

        Every movie has got backstories, and I especially love yours…

        • Chucktech

          It’s a great backstory, complete with Duane Chase’s (the actor who played Kurt) “stage mother,” the fact that he had “two left feet,” hubby being a dancer for Walt Disney and just happened to be at the right place to be offered the stand-in part, and stories of Julie Andrews being… somewhat difficult and a demanding perfectionist.

      • Cuberly

        How awesome. ; )

        • Chucktech

          I think so! 😉 He’s quite the hoofer. He danced as a kid on The Mickey Mouse Club and Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.
          And when my fat and ugly sister wanted to dance with him at her third disastrous marriage, he pretty much spun her into the dance floor. >giggle, giggle<

          • Cuberly

            HA! Very cool. A hoofer with a sense of humor no less. 😉

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      Mr.. Handwich. That quite an organ that you are playing with. Also, why is the captain obsessed with Maria’s veil and headpiece?

  • delk

    Christopher Plummer was on Conan earlier this week. He seemed like a guy that would be a blast to hang out with for a couple hours. So many great stories.

    • George

      I agree. He is quite a character and seems like loads and loads of fun.

  • George

    I have probably seen the movie at least 50 times in 50 years. But what made it extraordinarily special was Julie’s magnificent voice. She was the best. I will always love her.

  • fuow

    Goodness. Memories.

  • robirob

    I’ve never seen the movie (true). Does it involve explosions and car chases (kidding)?

    • fuow

      Nasty Nazis, daring escapes, treachery, yup.
      It’s quite a good movie, actually.
      It’s a bit like those who can’t stand Harry Potter because it’s such a popular series – and I know many in Germany who refuse to read the books for just that reason.
      Give it a try.

      • lymis

        Don’t forget the tragic boating disaster, or the love triangle, or the discussions of the torture of previous governesses.

        And who can’t love a movie that includes the word “flibbertigibbet” – out of the mouth of a nun, no less!

        • Gustav2

          How many Shades of Gray?

        • barracks9

          And Elsa saying “GAY-org…”

      • lymis

        Oh, oh, and Alpine mountain climbing without any safety ropes!

        • Gustav2

          That’s where every Mission: Impossible movie got that!

      • B Snow

        Don’t forget the scheming Baroness! I hated her when I was a kid, but now I totally understand her. 🙂

    • Sam_Handwich

      warm woolen mittens, whiskers on kittens ….and also Nazis

      • delk

        nuns

        • Gustav2

          And nuns stealing car parts just like juvenile delinquents…hi-jinks ensue.

          • delk

            Wild tonal soprano saxophone solos… uh, no wait, wrong My Favorite Things.

          • Gustav2

            And nuns singing a soft shoe number while stoic.

          • barracks9

            They’re depraved on account that they’re deprived!

      • sherman

        FTW

    • Snarkaholic

      No…you’re thinking of ‘Sense and Sensibility’.

    • guest

      Watch for the best scene and the best line in the movie:

      “Reverend Mother, I have sinned.”

      It was my father’s favorite line and it is was the line with the most humor. The nun, nuns being the really only good thing out of the Church, pulled the carbonator out of the car to help them family escape.

      The look on the faces of the 2 nuns is priceless too.

      • William

        One of them had the ignition coil.

        • guest

          Yes, true.

    • Cousin Bleh

      I’ve never seen it either. My hubby finds this appalling.

      • Gene

        you really could lose your gay card over this!

        on a serious note, yeah, its sweeter than honey rolled in powdered sugar, but…its..well..its GOOD. When I worked at a hospital a patient dying of cancer asked for a VCR (not a recent job) and watched several good movies before she died. Cassablanca, An Affair to Remember, On the Waterfront (dark but so good) IIts a Mad Mad Mad Mad world, and this one. She stopped at this one. “Its a good last movie to watch” she told her nurse. And for for, so it was.

        If that is not an endorsement to watch the movie, and explain your husbands appalled reaction, I don’t know what is.

        • Gene

          pardon..”and for her, so it was”

        • Cousin Bleh

          I’m sure I will see it one day… it’s just those songs, yeesh! And I’m not anti-musical, I love Cabaret which covers some of the same ground.

        • William

          Dammit, who is cutting onions?

    • William

      My favorite scene is when Mother Superior mows down Hitler with a machine gun.

      • Octavio

        Yeah. That was a highlight for me, too.

  • Miji

    My parents saw The Sound of Music on their first date so I think I saw it every time it came on TV while growing up. It never gets old. So great that the two leads were able to be at this anniversary together.

    • Miji

      Also, did anyone else find the pic of Julie Andrews dancing in the Alps a little jarring right below the German plane crash story? I have a bit of a verbal processing delay, so the time lapse between the picture registering and comprehension of the story title was enough that I initially thought it must be a really tasteless joke.

  • sherman

    It will always be Grauman’s Chinese Theater to me.

    • Larry Ft Pierce

      and the Sears Tower, and Marshall Fields.

      • Ginger Snap

        The New Hampshire Insurance building was the first tall building in Manchester NH and it has been renamed but no one calls it buy it’s new name (Brady Sullivan.) These two guys have purchased almost all the tall buildings in Manchester and renamed them all after themselves.

  • I saw it in a local theater when it was released. It was an ENORMOUSLY popular film, and a theater near my home will be showing the digital remaster on April 19th. I’ll probably be there.

    • Cuberly

      In Colorado, on one of the many reissues. They showed it in the Cooper Theater. The Cooper had the most enormous screen I’d ever seen in a theater.

      That dive down the mountains in the beginning was thrilling and stomach churning at the same time….good times. And no 3-D either.

  • What is it you c*nt face…

    To this day, as much as I adore the movie and worship Julie, I still can’t get past that line without losing my mind.

    Congratulations to Julie and Christopher, as beautiful as ever.

    • Robincho

      That remark of Mothra Superior lives on in countless drag revues everywhere. And every time it comes up, I just dissolve. But also, there was “Confitemini,” and “Quoniam bonus,” and “In sæcula sæculorum.” That damn Hammerstein made me fall in love with Latin, and Rodgers wasn’t chopped liver either. Bless all of these folks who opened our young lives to possibilities…

    • Cuberly

      HA!

  • M Jackson

    I was 4 when my parents brought this music and Julie Andrews into our home. It’s as essential as water or oxygen.
    My older sister actually had a carpet-bag so I could bounce off the walls of our tiny living room with it as the embodiment of “I Have Confidence”.

  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    Since 1963 I am still twirling around on mountain tops whenever I can. And my parents had no clue???

    • Gene

      that was one of the last scenes shot for the film! 🙂 the very first was the scene of her in bed with the kids with it storming outside.

      In that scene, on one of the first takes, the helicopter came in WAY to LOW and CLOSE to her and she threw herself onto the grass in fear screaming (yes, she admitted this) “WHAT THE FUCK!?”

      I adore that woman.

      • David Walker

        Because the company could afford the helicopter for only one day, I’ve read recently, they also had to shoot the escape of the mountains and all the glamour landscapes on the same day.

    • They’ve only seen the fully clothed versions of the police video. The rest of us, however… I vacillate between sudden outbursts of giggles, and waking up in the middle of the night muttering something about “nasty beaver eatin’ houzens”

      … the meds aren’t working.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Oh, poodle, come over I will share some of mine. Every day I am thankful that my pharmacist is dumb as a box of hair.

        • Gregory In Seattle

          And this is why I love the commentariat at JMG.

      • Ginger Snap

        I have some lovely Dr’s who will prescribe just about anything for me. Maybe you need to have a visit.

  • Julie Andrews has had really good work done. Other Hollywood stars should be using her surgeon…she still looks like herself!

    Enough of that shallowness…love LOVE this movie! I hope there is a theatrical screening in Seattle of the remastered print.

  • Bob

    I always thought the most interesting character was Uncle Max. He seemed like the only realist in the bunch, and I enjoyed his polished snark.

    • George

      Richard Haydn was brilliant. He was a guest on one of the old Dick Van Dyke shows. It was the best of all the shows. Funny as shit!

    • Cuberly

      My parents never bought the soundtrack from the movie but we did have the original broadway recording. And, I’m pretty much alone in this opinion but my favorite song was the one song they cut from the movie, well turned into a waltz for the ball scene….bleh. How Can Love Survive.

      Hammerstein obviously had a lot of fun with this, and it shows. It’s wry and funny.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuYv-_8VXGQ

      And Max? Yep, interesting character that gave the play at least some edge, or as much of an edge as it could bear.

    • Mike in NC

      Me, I always liked Baroness Schrader. She was the perfect foil to Maria’s sugary sweetness. Eleanor Parker (RIP) gave a memorable Great Bitch performance before bowing to the inevitable.

  • David Walker

    It ran in Harrisburg’s only big screen, great sound theater for more than a year. I went to it on Saturday nights so often the box office lady knew me on sight. I saw it at least 20 times…it was my escape from the shit known as my college and classmates. Booze and pot worked, too, but they lacked the beauty of Julie, Rolf, and that castle in the middle of the lake. Even though I knew it was coming, I always gasped at the shot of the snow on the mountain giving way to the beautiful valley. I can’t stand the live version (never could) and I don’t know entirely why the movie is different, but it is supreme.

    • Octavio

      The film is so much different from the stage version(s) because of the genius (and meanness) of Robert Wise, the director.

      Gotta say, Andrews’ physical appearance has held up quite well. She looks great despite her tummy sticking out and the advance of major bingo wings under her arms. Too bad she suffered from botched surgery for nodes on her vocal cords.

  • Oh’behr

    I was eight, yet I sat through the movie twice in a row. I was enthralled by the film.

    I know it’s HuffPost, yet I enjoyed reading: (I put #5 first as I didn’t know it and didn’t want it to disappear to the bottom).

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/16/sound-of-music-stories_n_6857784.html

    5. The real Maria von Trapp visited the set and appears as an extra.

    1. Julie Andrews was repeatedly thrown hard to the ground by a helicopter’s down draft as it passed too close while filmmakers tried to capture the iconic aerial scene.

    2. The cast was given authentic Austrian schnapps by a farmer after a long day of shooting. (Christopher Plummer may have been drinking while filming parts of the movie.)

    3. Andrews was told at the last minute to fall forward during the boat scene in order to catch the youngest von Trapp child, who couldn’t swim. She fell backward and the young actress swallowed so much water she got sick.

    4. Plummer and Andrews didn’t socialize much on the set because Plummer spent little time in Austria and Andrews had a newborn daughter.

    BONUS: Due in part to an extremely rainy season, the film went over budget enough for studio execs to think “The Sound of Music” would be a colossal failure. Of course, it enjoyed a happy ending.

    • Ginger Snap

      Americans do love a happy ending.

      • SilasMarner

        We do. We’re just sentimentalists I suppose.

        • Ginger Snap

          I had more than one kind of happy ending in mind and we like them both.

  • Ginger Snap

    Wow! The remastering in the second clip is amazing. Looks like I’ll have to get another copy.

    • Schlukitz

      And that’s viewing it in 1080P.

      Imagine what it will look like in 4K?

  • bill weber

    I was dragged to this at least 3 times as a child.

    It stinks.

  • SilasMarner

    I absolutely adore this movie. And I don’t know why but everytime I hear Christopher Plummer sing Edelweiss I puddle up. I guess I’m just a sappy old queen.

  • Jeffg166

    This was one of the longest movies I ever sat through. Saw it in its first released. It went on and on. The people I went with loved it. I wonder what I missed.

  • JCF

    Pessimistic thought: I wonder how much the glaciers in the top photo have receded/disappeared. 🙁

    Big fan of Julie, and the other performances, and the cinematography: the story? Not so much.

  • SLK in SF

    Julie Andrews is a goddess. May she live forever.

  • Back in the last millenium I was staying in a really nice gay B&B in San Francisco, and one afternoon I was in the lounge recovering from, er, the night before when the owner came in from the kitchen and asked if I minded his turning on the TV, as The Sound of Music was about to come on. It was his favourite movie; and though he’d seen it something like 120 times and been to Salzburg every summer for years he didn’t want to miss it. So we sat there watching and singing along and he’d dash back to the kitchen during the ads. It was a delightful way to spend an afternoon in a strange city.

    Anyway, at one point a very hunky guest called in. We exchanged hellos and he went up to his room. “Woof!” says I.

    “Yes, he’s gorgeous isn’t he? He’s in room 10 — but don’t bother knocking on his door, Roger. He’s on his honeymoon.”

    “Aaaww, shucks…”

    “Chuck always stays here for his honeymoon!”

  • Dean

    Much as I love Broadway musicals, I always found this one to be pure kitsch and way too saccharin. My mother had the original Broadway cast recording. It caused me to pass on the movie version. Julie Andrews is always wonderful, though.