Run time: 174 mins
Julie swirls on a mountain top, the kids are cute, there is a dirty nazi in the woodpile (perfect programming for 4th July…?) and Mother Abbess’ throat warbles in a glorious shaft of light.
As if you need reminding… It is a tale, set against a backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, of a nun from Salzburg who becomes governess to Captain Von Trapp’s seven children. She cuts up the curtains and brings music into a household once run on Stalinist principles – quite right too. It is said to be loosely based on a true story, but so is Batman.
It is probably the most successful screen adaptation of a musical ever, and for the rest of the Sixties the decade’s longest running film. Climb Every Mountain still wets the eyes even on the wireless. Uncredited, it was sung by Margery McKay (IMDB) and look out for the real Maria Von T – an extra in ‘I Have Confidence’. Bring your whole families to spot her! You’ll love every minute again no matter what – in the new freedom – on our Rex wide surround sound screen. Come.