The Trapp Family in America

The Trapp Family in America (German: Die Trapp-Familie in Amerika) is a 1958 West German comedy drama film about the real-life Austrian musical Trapp Family directed by Wolfgang Liebeneiner and starring Ruth Leuwerik, Hans Holt, and Josef Meinrad. It is a sequel to the 1956 film The Trapp Family.[2] It was shot at the Bavaria Studios in Munich. The film's art direction was by Robert Herlth.

The Trapp Family in America
Poster showing Ruth Leuwerik as Maria with New York City in the background
German theatrical release poster
Directed byWolfgang Liebeneiner
Screenplay byHerbert Reinecker
Based onThe Story of the Trapp Family Singers
by Maria von Trapp
Produced by
  • Heinz Abel
  • Ilse Kubaschewski
  • Utz Utermann
CinematographyWerner Krien
Edited byMargot von Schlieffen
Music byFranz Grothe
Distributed byGloria Film
Release date
  • October 17, 1958 (1958-10-17) (West Germany)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryWest Germany
Budget$2,000,000 D Marks[1]


The von Trapps have left Austria and are now in the United States. But the Land of Unlimited Possibilities turns out to be anything but for our hapless heroes. Though the American public has demonstrated countless times, that they'll pay anything to hear German folk songs and other pop songs, the von Trapps on the verge of being penniless and suicidal, thanks to Father Wasner, who's determined to teach Americans to appreciate great church music ... no matter how much his "cultural mission" pushes the von Trapps to starvation. Only the insistence of paying patrons that they drop the holy roller music and the guffaws of the audience abandoning their shows finally convinces Maria, that it's time to start entertaining the paying public and give Palestrina a rest. Eventually they receive critical acclaim and a large following for their music. Later, they purchase a farm in Stowe Vermont and decide to remain in America.


  • Ruth Leuwerik as Baronin von Trapp
  • Hans Holt as Baron von Trapp
  • Josef Meinrad as Dr. Wasner
  • Adrienne Gessner as Mrs. Hammerfield
  • Michael Ande as Werner von Trapp
  • Knut Mahlke as Rupert von Trapp
  • Ursula Wolff as Agathe von Trapp
  • Angelika Werth as Hedwig von Trapp
  • Monika Wolf as Maria F. von Trapp
  • Ursula Ettrich as Rosemarie von Trapp
  • Monika Ettrich as Martina von Trapp
  • Wolfgang Wahl as Patrick
  • Daniela and Annette Edel as Baby Johannes
  • Peter Esser as Mr. Hammerfield
  • Till Klockow as Bronx-Lilly
  • Holger Hagen as Mr, Harris



  1. ^ Review of film at Variety (April 1959).
  2. ^ Reimer and Reimer 2010, p. 188.


  • Hirsch, Julia Antopol (1993). The Sound of Music: The Making of America's Favorite Movie. Chicago: Contemporary Books. ISBN 978-0-8092-3837-8.
  • Reimer, Robert C.; Reimer, Carol J. (2010). The A to Z of German Cinema. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. ISBN 978-0-8108-7611-8.

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