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- The day after the von Trapp family left Austria (by train to Italy, not trekking over the mountains to Switzerland as the film depicts), Adolf Hitler ordered the borders of Austria to be shut.
- Although Christopher Plummer's own vocals were in fact recorded, it was subsequently decided that he should be dubbed.
- The main reason the film was not shown inside Germanic Europe is because of the serious historical inaccuracy to both the Anschluß of Austria and the Nazi Party being portrayed inaccurately, just in general. Even before it came out, Hedy Lamarr warned the studio not to show it inside Germanic Europe, because she knew how the men, especially, would react, but the studio executives laughed her off. Several other famous Germanic Europeans also did not take kindly to the film, becoming quite vocal, including: Peter Lorre, who had seen the Broadway play, [?] Marlene Dietrich, Eva Gabor, Billy Wilder, Audrey Hepburn, [?] Werner Klemperer, [?] John Banner, [?] Fritz Lang, [?] Karl Freund, [?] Robert Clary and [?] Erich Pommer. It is what caused the studio to pull the film from cinemas six months before they intended to, causing them to actually lose money on its first release. It was not until the late 1970s when the film would actually break even.
- [?] Grace Kelly was considered for the part of the Baroness. However, she had retired from acting when she married Prince Rainier of Monaco and was not open to offers to return to her former profession.
- The song "Edelweiss" was written for the musical and is little known in Austria. The song was the last that Oscar Hammerstein II wrote before his passing in 1960.
- When the film was released in South Korea, it did so much business that some theaters were showing it four and five times a day. One theater owner in Seoul tried to figure out a way to be able to show it even more often, in order to bring in more customers. So he cut out all the musical numbers.
- Julie Andrews nearly turned down the role of Maria Von Trapp, fearing the character was too similar to her role in Mary Poppins.
- Julie Andrews had to learn how to play the guitar especially for the film.
- The house that was used as the Von Trapp home was actually owned by actress Hedy Lamarr.
- Charmian Carr who played Liesel and was 21 at the time, wrote in her autobiography that she was attracted to the 35 year old Christopher Plummer, who played her father. Plummer admitted that the feeling was mutual, but insists that it didn't get beyond mere flirtation.
- Christopher Plummer admits on the DVD commentary that he was drunk during the shooting of the music festival sequence.
- Christopher Plummer intensely disliked working on the film. He's been known to refer to it as "The Sound of Mucus" or "S&M" and likened working with Julie Andrews to "being hit over the head with a big Valentine's Day card, every day." Nontheless, he and Andrews have remained close friends ever since.
- When Maria is running through the courtyard to the Von Trapp house in "I Have Confidence", she trips. This was an accident; however, director Robert Wise liked this so much that he kept it in the movie. He felt it added to the nervousness of the song and of the character.
- Julie Andrews sang "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to the children in the cast to entertain them between shooting. Since Mary Poppins hadn't yet been released, they just thought she'd made up the song for them.