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

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. "This smells as if it might be a success," Andrews said. 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 weeks at a London theater. Decades...

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