While studying to become a nun and you take a position as a governess for a wealthy widower with seven children and the two of you fall in love just might qualify as finding love under unexpected circumstances.
It is during the Ländler (Laendler) dance in the musical The Sound of Music that Maria and Georg first acknowledge their feelings have evolved beyond their employer/employee relationship. Soon after, they profess their mutual love through the song Something Good.
Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer singing Something Good ranks high on my list of most romantic movie scenes ever filmed.
Richard Rodgers wrote Something Good for the 1956 movie The Sound of Music to replace the stage song for Maria and Captain Von Trapp, An Ordinary Couple.
Christopher Plummer’s singing voice was dubbed. Here is an excerpt from a 2012 NPR interview with Christopher Plummer wherein he explains why.
SIMON: Did they dub your voice…
PLUMMER: They did for the long passages. It was very well done. The entrances and exits from the songs were my voice, and then they filled in – in those days, they were very fussy about matching voices in musicals. And Julie, of course, had been – you know, trained since day one as a – I mean, she was…
PLUMMER: …tone perfect since she was in her cradle, which is an exasperating thing to admit. And it was awfully hard to match her and her sustained, long notes. So yeah, I was – they did it very well ’cause it sounded very much like me.
SIMON: The man who sounded so much like Christopher Plummer – if Christopher Plummer could sing – was the late Bill Lee, who was the singing voice of a lot of characters, including a pirate, in “Peter Pan”; and a dog, in “Lady and the Tramp.” He also sang for John Kerr, playing Lt. Cable in the movie version of “South Pacific.”
Until next time,
writing through history one romance upon a time