The Sound of Music is a cinematic classic. Whether or not you’re a fan of musicals, chances are that you have a soft spot in your heart for this sweet, uplifting, romantic film.
There’s so much about this movie that everyone has memorized. Be it lines of dialogue or some of the catchy songs, this is a movie that has a tendency to stick with you once you’ve seen it.
However, while it might be impossible to believe, there’s actually a whole lot about this classic film that most people don’t know! We’ve unearthed these 15 little-known facts about the flick, and what you’re about to learn is cooler than raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…
1. When Julie Andrews was originally offered the role of Maria in The Sound of Music, she almost turned it down. That’s because she had just finished shooting Mary Poppins and didn’t want to be typecast as a nanny for the rest of her career.
2. During the infamous musical festival scene towards the end of the film, Christopher Plummer may really seem like he’s pouring his heart out, and he was… because he was so drunk during the filming of this scene that he nearly passed out on camera.
3. During the song “I Have Confidence,” Julie Andrews (playing Maria) trips and nearly falls to the ground. This was a complete accident and not at all written in the script. Eventually, the powers that be thought it was too good of a coincidence to remove from the finished product.
4. Charmian Carr, who played Liesel in the movie, was deeply attracted to her onscreen dad, who was played by Christopher Plummer. He has gone on the record as saying that the feeling was mutual. You’ll never see the movie the same way again. Ick!
5. Although Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews have remained lifelong friends, Plummer apparently hated working with her on the movie. “It was like being hit over the head with a big Valentine’s Day card, every day,” he said. Sounds about right.
6. During their romantic first kiss, Julie Andrews could not stop laughing. The reason? There was a light set up behind her with a clogged fan that was making a noise that sounded like someone had a serious case of gas. How romantic.
7. Although there were countless lovable songs from the movie, Julie Andrews admitted that she was partial to one above the rest. She said that her favorite song from The Sound of Music was “Edelweiss.” Who can blame her?
8. To prepare for the role, Christopher Plummer traveled to Austria to visit with the real Captain Von Trapp’s nephew. He was surprised to learn that, in life, Captain Von Trapp had been one of the most boring men on planet Earth.
9. The wedding dress Julie Andrews wore when the time finally came to tie the knot with the Captain was nothing to sneeze at! This designer gown had a train that was more than 14 feet long, and it inspired many imitations the world over after the movie premiered.
10. Actor Nicholas Hammond, who played Friederich in the movie, had a huge crush on Julie Andrews. In fact, while it’s hard to spot on camera, there are several candid photographs owned by the cast that show him “mooning” in adoration over his favorite stepmother.
11. While he gave it the good old-fashioned college try, Christopher Plummer just couldn’t sing. He learned to play an instrument and recorded his own vocals, but they wound up being cut and replaced with dubs in the final version of the film.
12. Debbie Turner, the actress who played young Marta in the movie, kept on losing her baby teeth during filming. The producers eventually got her a set of false teeth to wear in order to preserve continuity on the shoot.
13. Nearly every single day, Julie Andrews entertained the kids on set by singing “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from Mary Poppins. Because the movie had yet to be released, the kids all thought that she’d made up the song just for them.
14. Although Christopher Plummer’s character claimed that “Edelweiss” was a popular song in Austria, the truth is that the song was written specifically for the movie. However, once Austrians heard it, they couldn’t get enough. They loved it!
15. Julie Andrews might’ve looked like a pro playing her guitar in the film, but she actually had never picked up the instrument until she was cast in the role. She learned to play the guitar specifically for the part. Now that’s real commitment to character!
Who would have thought that there was so much more to know about everyone’s favorite musical? Having these tidbits in your mind the next time you watch the movie could make for a world of fun!