Thursday, March 2, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for March 2

'The Sound of Music' Comes to Theaters

It was on this day in 1965 that many of us learned that the hills were alive with the sound of music as The Sound of Music was released in theaters. Since then, many of more of us have learned that lesson from numerous annual viewings of the film on TV. Adapted from the Broadway musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, the movie is loosely based on the real Trapp Family Singers. The story follows a young nun, Maria (Julie Andrews) who is sent to act as a governess for the seven children of the wealthy Captain Georg von Trapp (Christopher Plummer). The two fall in love and the family began a career as singers. While not a huge hit with critics (even Plummer has been known to have called the film “The Sound of Mucus”), it was a commercial success becoming the #1 movie for four weeks and the highest-grossing movie of that year. The movie received five Academy Awards (including Best Picture and Best Director) and two Golden Globe Awards (for Best Motion Picture and Best Actress), the Directors Guild of America Award (for Outstanding Directorial Achievement) and the Writers Guild of America Award (for Best Written American Musical). In 2001, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

Dr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904.

Dr. Seuss is Born

Theodor Seuss Geisel was born on this day in 1904 and grew up to become a much beloved author and illustrator of 48 books. Over the years, 200 million+ books have been sold and translated into many languages. His first children’s book, And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was rejected by over 24 publishers before making it into print in 1937. Twenty years later, Geisel's released his first bestseller, The Cat in the Hat and established the character as a brand for his writing. His last book, Oh, the Places You'll Go! was published in 1990. Dr. Seuss died September 24, 1991, at age 87.

The movie "King Kong" premiered on March 2, 1933.

‘King Kong’ Clobbers His Way to His Debut

On this day in 1933 Merian C. Cooper’s film, King Kong, premiered in New York City with much applause and even today, Rotten Tomatoes says that it is the greatest horror film of all time. Of course the actual star of the show was the stop-motion animation created by Willis O’Brien that was highlighted by a musical score by Max Steiner. The Library of Congress said of the film that it was “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant” in 1991. It took until 1976 before the film was remade and then again in 2005.