The hills are alive as 'The Sound of Music' movie celebrates its 50th anniversary

March 4, 2015 1:09 PM

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Late in "The Sound of Music" production - after a helicopter's downdraft had knocked Julie Andrews over, after rain clobbered the schedule and budget, and after an angry farmer poked holes in a manmade brook - the leading lady delivered a tentative prediction.

The 1965 musical was so phenomenally popular that it was nicknamed "The Sound of Money" and dubbed "The Mint." The movie played in American theaters for 41/2 years until the studio withdrew it with plans for a re-issue; the demand in England was so insatiable that the film set a record with 170 week...

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