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  • Ability over Appearance: Though not impossible, Audra McDonald's Colorblind Casting is unlikely, to say the least. But the fact that she is Audra McDonald — a six-time Tony winner and certified Broadway legend — completely wipes away anything so purely trivial as her skin color.
  • Adored by the Network: ABC frequently airs the movie at Christmastime or Easter, with NBC also airing their version in December. The musical has nothing to do with either holidaynote , but its family-friendly qualities make it easily viewable at the gatherings that typically take place at both times.
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  • Bad Export for You: The initial German release of the movie had to remove the entire third act of the movie (which involved Those Wacky Nazis coming into the forefront of the plot). This was due to Nazi Germany still being a very sensitive topic in the 60's, and the local distributor not wanting to cause any further controversy. Later releases have the third act intact, but the movie has remained rather unpopular to this day in Germany.
  • Blooper:
    • A bandage can be seen on Liesl's ankle on certain prints, TV broadcasts, and home video releases, as she dances with Rolfe in the gazebo. This is because Charmian Carr injured her ankle while filming, and performed the rest of the dance with a bandage on. For the 2000 Five Star Collection DVD, Fox digitally removed the bandage, which also remained absent from every other DVD released that decade. However, it re-appeared on the 2010 45th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and DVDnote .
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    • During My Favourite Things, Marta is mouthing the words to a song she was yet to know, the reason was because they had shot it so many times that Debbie Turner had learnt the song.
    • The iconic boat scene was meant to have Maria holding onto Greta as the little girl couldn't swim but when it came to the best take Julie falls backwards, so Kym Karath plunged. Thankfully she was grabbed by Heather Menzies who played Lousia.
    • Regularly the youngest children lost their teeth, but due to shooting the same scenes on different days you can see missing teeth reappearing.
    • If one looks at Liesl and Lousia step jumping in Do-Re-Mi, they realise they aren't in sync so they quickly jump back into place.
    • For a couple of shots during "The Lonely Goatherd" Marta can be seen with the children controlling the puppets, rather than in her position at the bottom of the stage controlling the backdrops.
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    • When Liesl enters Maria's window, she's supposed to have climbed from the ground floor, but you can see her enter from the right side.
    • During the 2015 UK live television version, Marta tripped over Maria's guitar at the end of My Favourite Things Reprise, however Kara Tointon as Maria stays in character asking "Marta” if she's alright.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: In an unusual example, "My Favourite Things" has been adopted as a Christmas carol over the years, despite having nothing to do with the holiday. Radio stations are especially known for playing The Supremes' cover during December. Interestingly enough, this actually predates the movie version; Julie Andrews performed it on the 1961 Christmas special for The Garry Moore Show and Jack Jones included it on a 1964 Christmas album.
  • Completely Different Title:
    • Smiles and Tears (Spain).
    • The Melody of Happiness (France).
    • All Together Passionately (Italy).
    • The Rebellious Novice (Argentina and Brazil).
    • In Croatia, the movie is known under the same title as in Austria and Germany- My Song - My Dream (Moje pjesme, moji snovi).
    • Music in the Heart (Portugal).
  • Creator Backlash: Christopher Plummer was reportedly not particularly proud of his role. He felt Captain Von Trapp was a giant bore, and the the film was "awful and sentimental and gooey", once referring to it as "The Sound of Mucus". In later years, his stance on the film itself had softened a little, but he still felt annoyed that he was frequently associated with this film, as he has an impressive body of work. That said, he considered Julie Andrews one of his closest friends.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Liesl sings a whole song about how she's "sixteen, going on seventeen," but Charmian Carr was 21 at the time. When Liesl states that she's too old for a governess, she certainly looks it.
    • Maria is supposed to be 22, but she's played by the then 30-year-old Julie Andrews. She did look a few years younger though, and when you add in the fact the fact that Christopher Plummer was 35 at the time, this is actually a case where this trope worked out for the better.
    • Maria was aged up for the stage as well as being played by a then 45-year-old Mary Martin in the original Broadway production.
  • Deleted Scene: Pictures and script pages exist for an appearance by Rolf in the Salzburg montage. Liesl tries to invite him to their picnic, but he responds, "Picnics are for children", then insults her Curtain Clothing. Rolf also meets Maria, who refers to herself as, "Liesl's friend", as opposed to her governess.
  • DVD Commentary: Robert Wise provides a commentary in which he stops talking during musical numbers to play what the song sounds like sans vocals.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Nicholas Hammond is a natural brunette and had to undergo several painful bleachings to become blond.
  • Enforced Method Acting:
    • Christopher Plummer disliked working on the film and isolated himself from the child actors, playing into the stern relationship the Captain has with his children. However, he had mellowed significantly; he and Charmian Carr got on wonderfully well, Julie Andrews counted him among her closest friends and he had come out and said that the first time he sat down to watch the film, he realized it was the greatest cinematic adaptation of a stage musical ever produced.
    • The scene where the Captain embraces music again and sings with his children was the last to be shot. Since the actors were sad about parting, their tears are real.
  • He Also Did: Nicholas Hammond is best known for playing Friedrich and Spider-Man.
  • Hostility on the Set:
    • Christopher Plummer admitted that he found Julie Andrews insufferable and annoying during filming, referring to her as Ms. Disney to other cast and crew. He famously said that working with her was like being hit on the head with a Valentine's card. Later he admitted to being immature in his feelings and that Julie Andrews was a great actress who behaved like a true professional, and the two remained good friends until the former's death.
    • Robert Wise didn't get along with the real Maria von Trapp when she came to the set, calling her bossy.
  • I Am Not Spock: Julie Andrews went to great lengths to avoid this. The late Charmian Carr, on the other hand, embraced it, and she even wrote a memoir of the film/autobiography called Forever Liesl that's a great favorite among film fans. Nicholas Hammond did avoid it, mostly by going to Australia and becoming quite a popular actor there (he also played Spider-Man.)
    • Amongst Christopher Plummer's extensive work, Captain Von Trapp is no doubt one of his most iconic. His stance on the film had zig-zagged, initially expressing his displeasure, but in later years had more pleasant thoughts about it.
    • Though she's also well-known for other works such as Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show and Lost in Space, Angela Cartwright (Brigitta) has embraced all three of them, mentioning she enjoys hearing how much those roles have had an impact on her fans. Whenever a Sound of Music special or a program that utilizes that theme invites someone from the film as a guest appearance, she's often the one who attends.
    • Debbie Turner (Marta) is happy to write back to fans. She reported in an interview that many present day pre-teen young boys write to her through 20th Century Fox as they feel Puppy Love for the pretty little girl in the movie. In Turner's words:"They are disappointed to find out that I am not seven anymore".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The film went out of print in 2014, possibly even earlier than that. Past releases garnered rather hefty prices in the Amazon Marketplace. Fox put the movie back in print in 2015, in honor of its 50th anniversary.
  • Milestone Celebration: Every five years since at least 1990, 20th Century Fox celebrates the movie's anniversary with such commemorations as cast and crew reunions, limited theatrical re-releases, and/or a Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition.
  • Non-Singing Voice:
    • The elderly Peggy Wood's voice had to be dubbed for "Climb Every Mountain", as she wasn't up to the strenuous vocals the number demands.
    • Christopher Plummer recorded his own vocals, but later decided he wasn't good enough to sing alongside Julie Andrews. Thus he's dubbed by Bill Lee. His rendition of "Edelweiss" has since been released, and whilst it isn't to the standards of Lee, it is more than passable.
    • Kurt's high note during the first "So Long, Farewell" is done by Darlene Carr, little sister of the late Charmian Carr.
    • Four additional singers were used to produce a harmonised effect for whenever the children sing. However all seven actors do sing every number. The only time the additional voices aren't used is when they're singing for the Baroness.
  • Playing Gertrude:
    • Christopher Plummer was 35 at the time of filming (22-ish years younger than his character was in Real Life at the time the story is set), with his oldest daughter played by a 21-year-old actress (playing 16...going on 17).
    • Rolf is a year older than Liesl at least. Daniel Truhitte was ten months younger than Charmian Carr.
  • Production Posse:
    • The movie shares one director (Robert Wise), a screenwriter (Ernest Lehman), an associate producer (Saul Chaplin), and a musical director (Irwin Kostal) with the West Side Story adaptation, released four years before TSoM hit the big screen. Before either of those, Lehman wrote the screenplays for the film version of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, and two other movies Wise directed — Executive Suite and Somebody Up There Likes Me.
    • TSoM also shares a lead actress (Julie Andrews), musical director (Irwin Kostal), and two choreographers (Marc Breaux and Dee Dee Wood) with Mary Poppins. Bonus points for Kostal serving as the musical director for the TV special Julie and Carol at Carnegie Hall.
    • Wise, Chapman, and Andrews would later collaborate again for Star!
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  • Real Life Writes the Plot:
    • Reverend Mother is facing out the window when "Climb Every Mountain" starts because Peggy Wood was having trouble syncing her mouth with the pre-recorded track. She was able to sync it fine once she got into the song, but continued to have trouble with the first lines. As such she faces away from the camera to give her time to get it. The director felt that Reverend Mother facing away from Maria added to the emotion of the song.
    • The second half of "Something Good" was shot in silhouette because Julie Andrews could not stop bursting into hysterical giggles during the scene, due to a lighting device that made fart noises and silhouette was the only way to hide it.
  • Reality Subtext:
    • Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) had the world's biggest crush on Julie Andrews, as he had seen her three years prior in her last night onstage in London as Eliza Doolittle. This is rather obvious in the film, especially in "The Lonely Goatherd" where Friedrich can be seen gazing lovingly at Maria.
    • Charmian Carr (Liesl) had "a huge crush" on Christopher Plummer, and the feeling was apparently mutual, though things never progressed beyond flirtation. Although she admitted on The Oprah Winfrey Show's Sound of Music Reunion that he did indeed teach her how to drink.
  • Romance on the Set:
    • Minor example. Charmian Carr (Liesl) admitted to having a crush on Christopher Plummer. He said the feeling was mutual, but it didn't progress past mere flirtation.
    • According to Plummer, Eleanor Parker fell in love with and eventually married the cameraman Raymond Hirsh. He was her fourth husband and they stayed together for nearly forty years, until his death in 2001.
    • Nicholas Hammond has admitted to having a huge crush on Julie Andrews during production, dating back several years; he had seen her play Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady three years earlier on her last night in the London production. This is especially evident if one looks at "The Lonely Goatherd". In a couple of shots, Friedrich can be seen gazing dreamily at Maria.
  • Scully Box: At the beginning of filming, Heather Menzies-Urich (Louisa) was about three inches taller than Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich). He had to wear heel lifts to make him look taller. By the end of the shoot, Nicolas Hammond had grown six inches (5'3" to 5'9"). He often filmed in no shoes and Charmian Carr had to stand on a box to make her taller. All of the Von Trapp children grew a lot during filming, so heel lifts and various camera tricks were used to keep their heights steady.
  • Star-Making Role: This role, alongside Mary Poppins, made Julie Andrews a household name.
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  • Working Title: The Singing Heart and Love Story, the latter of which became rejected to avoid confusion with other stories and songs with the same name.


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