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Because music and movies are two of my favorite things, I have forced myself to watch most of the recommended movie musicals but I have rarely liked any of them. This is one of the better ones, with good songs, and an interesting plot. I had not seen it in decades, but after seeing a Sound of Music tour bus in Salzburg, where the movie takes place, I decided I needed to watch it again. After all, I grew up listening to the soundtrack, it won the Academy Award for best picture and a few other Oscars, and it was the highest-grossing movie ever made for years. It's definitely my favorite movie musical with Nazis. (Sorry "The Producers.") And I was pleasantly surprised to find that it includes an important scene involving a toad.
At the beginning of the movie, Maria (Julie Andrews) tries to become a Nun but fails so she leaves for the huge Von Trapp estate where she has been hired to be the new governess to seven bratty children who have scared off their previous governesses. Hoping to scare away Maria, too, the children sneak a toad into one of her pockets. When she discovers the toad Maria freaks out and tosses it across the room. It lands on the floor at the children's feet and hops out the door. The housekeeper tells Maria that she is lucky because one of the previous governesses found a snake in her pocket.
Instead of getting angry at the children, Maria uses a bit of sly reverse psychology on them to make them feel guilty, and it works. When they are all seated at the dinner table, Maria thanks them for the kind and thoughtful gift they left in her pocket to make her first moments in the house so warm. When they hear how nice she is, the children begin sobbing and feeling bad about the toad prank. After that the children start to behave. Then they all sing a lot of songs and hide from the Nazis. The End. I wish all movie musicals were that short.