By Bill Dudley

“The Stuff That dreams Are Made Of” – As all film buffs well know, Humphrey Bogart spoke those words in what is considered one of the greatest films of the 20th century, “The Maltese Falcon.”

Those words truly describe the TCM Film Festival, as movie lovers of all ages come from all over the world to see their favorites on the big screen with what have become their adopted family members, other classic film fans. A big musical red carpet kick-off starts the festival each year on the first night.

2014 brought us Shirley Jones for the 60th anniversary of “Oklahoma.” Past years “A Star Is Born” and “Cabaret” have been the focus, tonight it is probably the most all encompassing and popular musical of the past 50 years, “The Sound Of Music.”

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer will both be in attendance, as well as several of the children from the cast of this great epic. “The Sound Of Music” and “Mary Poppins” (also shown at a recent TCM Fest) made Julie Andrews and her beautiful voice international superstars.

Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote the dynamic score that includes “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “Maria” and the title song “Sound Of Music.” These iconic songs are still on the lips of children (and adults), all over the world.

The film was based on the true story of the seven children of the singing Von Trapp family, and the nun (Maria) who helped save them from Nazi oppression in 1939 Austria. “Sound Of Music” surely is one of the greatest films of all time. Christopher Plummer will get his hand and footprints in a separate ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theater on Friday morning.

In addition to “Julie Andrews” and “Christopher Plummer,” there will also be appearances made by Shirley Maclaine, Ann-Margret, George Lazenby (who made just one appearance as James Bond) and Sophia Loren. The very healthy and zany 100 year old Norman Lloyd will also make an appearance to discuss his 80 year career including his work with film greats Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin and Robin Williams. Norman also produced several seasons of Alfred Hitchcock’s television series, and starred in “St Elsewhere.”

This year’s TCM Festival theme is a curious one,”History According To Hollywood,” which was not always accurate, but very entertaining. Even “The Sound Of Music” was rather loosely based on a true story.  From “Psycho” to “Raiders Of The Last Arc,” from Harry Houdini’s 1919 “The Grim Game” to 1998’s “Out Of Sight” starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, this will indeed be a weekend of classics!

Get the list of all 85 films to be screened this weekend at


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