Maria Von Trapp, whose memoir inspired “The Sound of Music” and who made a cameo appearance in the film, was not invited to the premiere. Von Trapp later inquired why and producers told her, “There were no seats left,” without apology.

The Sound of Music: 10 things you didn’t know about the film

The Sound of Music is celebrating its 50th anniversary in March 2015, which will be marked with a special festival in Salzburg, Austria, in June

1. It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time. Sort of…

The Sound of Music won five Oscars in 1966, and became the highest grossing film in history, knocking Gone with the Wind off the top spot. Translating the figures into today’s money, it would be the fifth highest-grossing film of all time.

2. The key players responsible for making it a success nearly didn’t take part

Julie Andrews nearly turned down the part due to its similarity to the previous year’s Mary Poppins. Robert Wise originally didn’t want to direct the film because he felt it was too saccharine. Christopher… Continue Reading