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Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Music Legend, Richard Rodgers, born today, June 28 in 1902!

I must confess, I absolutely love classic music!  And in celebration of one of the most prolific composers in American history, here is a brief pictorial tribute to Richard Rodgers — the first person to win the ‘EGOT’ (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar AND Tony). And, if that isn’t enough, Rodgers also won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (for South Pacific, in recognition of music as an integral and important part of the theatrical experience)!


Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth, Frank Sinatra, Kim Novak, Rodgers and Hart, directed by George Sidney

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote the songs for Pal Joey starring Frank Sinatra, Rita Hayworth (left) and Kim Novak (right). Iconic songs included “I Could Write a Book,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine” and “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.”


The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews, music by Rodgers and Hammerstein, directed by Robert Wise

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II: what can I say except that there are SO MANY wonderful musicals written by Rodgers and Hammerstein — among them Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and Flower Drum Song. My all-time favorite however (ever since I was a little girl) is without-a-doubt, The Sound of Music. Who could ever forget the iconic image of Julie Andrews whirling around in the beautiful Alps singing the title song!


In this Sept. 6, 1999 file photo, Jerry Lewis sings "You'll Never Walk Alone" as his final song of the 1999 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon in Los Angeles.  (Rodgers and Hammerstein, Carousel)

Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II: And last but not least — the ultimate tribute — Jerry Lewis singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (from Carousel) as the final song of his annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. (source: ABCnews.go.com: Sept. 6, 1999 Jerry Lewis sings “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as his final song of the 1999 Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon in Los Angeles.)


Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub


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14. The Sound of Music (1965)

Other Nominated Films:
Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Ship of Fools, A Thousand Clowns

Now this is one of the weeks I’ve been looking forward to writing about! There are a lot of movies I’ve enjoyed watching, but these next two films are definitely up there as far as my all-time favorites go. Let’s begin with what the hills are alive of (I just couldn’t resist.) Nominated for ten Academy Awards, The Sound of Music became the highest-grossing film of all time in 1966, overtaking the top spot from the #3 film on my countdown list — which would again jump back to the #1 spot in 1971 usurping The Sound of Music…just a bit of trivia here. Anywho! Until about a month ago, I’d only seen clips and tidbits from The Sound of Music…sorry to say. But, after watching the whole film for the first time, I was completely blown away.  From the iconic opening scene when we see Maria twirling around on the beautiful mountainside amid the snow-capped Alps, to the suspenseful ending as the Von Trapp family tries to escape the Nazis — I was captivated in every way.  Not only was the film fun and romantic, and at times quite serious due to the historical implications — the Rogers and Hammerstein songs were simply magnificent and unforgettable!  Julie Andrews was so charismatic as the free-spirited Maria — truly phenomenal and easy to love.  And, although it’s no secret that Christopher Plummer (who played Captain Georg von Trapp) absolutely hated this movie, it doesn’t change the fact that this is one of his most memorable roles. Ranked as the #4 musical of all time by the American Film Institute, The Sound of Music is an experience you will never forget.

Nominated for 10 Oscars, Winner of 5

Best Director – Robert Wise (WON)
Best Film Editing – William Reynolds (WON)
Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment – Irwin Kostal (WON)
Best Picture – Robert Wise (WON)
Best Sound – James Corcoran (20th Century-Fox SSD), Fred Hynes (Todd-AO SSD) (WON)
Best Actress in a Leading Role – Julie Andrews
Best Actress in a Supporting Role – Peggy Wood
Best Art Direction – Set Decoration, Color – Borin Leven, Walter M. Scott, Ruby R. Levitt
Best Cinematography, Color – Ted D. McCord
Best Costume Design, Color – Dorothy Jeakins

Captain von Trapp: Fraulein, is it to be at every meal, or merely at dinnertime, that you intend on leading us all through this rare and wonderful new world of… indigestion?


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