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Mary Poppins (1964)

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In turn of the century London, a magical nanny employs music and adventure to help two neglected children become closer to their father.

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Robert Stevenson

Writers:

Bill Walsh (screenplay), Don DaGradi (screenplay) (as Don Da Gradi) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke ... Bert / Mr. Dawes Senior (as Navckid Keyd)
David Tomlinson ... Mr. George W. Banks
Glynis Johns ... Mrs. Winnifred Banks
Hermione Baddeley ... Ellen - Maid
Reta Shaw ... Mrs. Brill - Cook
Karen Dotrice ... Jane Banks
Matthew Garber ... Michael Banks
Elsa Lanchester ... Katie Nanna
Arthur Treacher ... The Constable
Reginald Owen ... Admiral Boom
Ed Wynn ... Uncle Albert
Jane Darwell ... The Bird Woman
Arthur Malet ... Mr. Dawes Junior
James Logan James Logan ... Bank Doorman
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Storyline

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. Written by Jwelch5742

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See It Again and Again with that Supercalifragilistic Music! [re-release Australia 1976] See more »


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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 December 1964 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Mary Poppins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$102,272,727

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,272,727
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Author P.L. Travers was adamant that in the film there should be no suggestions of any kind of romance between Mary Poppins and Bert. This is explicitly referenced in the song "Jolly Holiday". See more »

Goofs

Obvious stand-ins for Mary, Bert, Jane, and Michael when Mary Poppins, Bert, and the children step onto a cloud which wafts them back down after exploring the rooftops (just before the "Step in Time" number). See more »

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[first lines]
Bert: All right, ladies an' gents! Comical poem! Suitable for the occasion, extemporized and thought up before your very eyes! All right, 'ere we go!
[sings]
Bert: Room 'ere for everyone. Gather around.
[speaks]
Bert: The constable - responstable! Now 'ow does that sound?
[no response]
Bert: Hm.
[dashes over to Miss Lark, sings]
Bert: 'Ello, Miss Lark, I've got one for you.
[...]
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The opening credits stop for a brief moment to show Mary Poppins seated on a cloud and applying makeup to her face, then the camera pans away and the credits resume. See more »

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Soundtracks

Jolly Holiday
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews
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Disney's Live/Animated Masterpiece Shines More Brightly than Ever!
6 December 2004 | by cariartSee all my reviews

"Mary Poppins" is one of that select group of films that can truly be called 'Classic', a project conceived in love and filled with so much child-like wonder that it will never grow old or 'out-of-date'. Certainly the crowning achievement of Walt Disney's remarkable career, both story-wise and technically, the film remains an unsurpassed achievement!

Based on P.L. Travers' tales of a magical nanny who arrives to bring families closer, the rights to the stories had been pursued by Disney since 1938, but Travers had seen what studios had done to other authors' works, and withheld her approval unless she could maintain some creative control. Years of negotiations only whetted Disney's desire to make a definitive, truly 'special' film, and by 1960, despite the box office failure of another fantasy-themed 'pet' project, "Darby O'Gill and the Little People", he was more confident than ever in the story's potential, bringing together a remarkable array of talent, including songwriting brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, production head Bill Walsh, and the brilliant artist Peter Ellenshaw to 'visualize' 1910 London through his matte paintings.

With Travers' grudging approval, casting began. While American stage and TV star Dick Van Dyke was an odd choice to play a Cockney chimneysweep, he was a gifted mime and physical comedian, and had such a wholesome exuberance that Disney knew British audiences would forgive his shaky accent. Popular British actors Glynis Johns and David Tomlinson would play the preoccupied parents, with Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber (from "The Three Lives of Thomasina") as the neglected children. Veteran stars Ed Wynn, Elsa Lanchester, Reginald Owen, Arthur Treacher, and Jane Darwell (as the Bird Woman, in her last screen appearance), headed the strong supporting cast.

But it was the casting of Julie Andrews, in her first film, as Mary Poppins, that truly 'made' the film! Passed over by Jack Warner for the movie version of her stage hit, "My Fair Lady" (he opted for Audrey Hepburn), Disney caught her performance in "Camelot" on Broadway, knew, instantly, that she was the right 'Mary', and approached her for the role. "But I'm pregnant," she told him. "No problem," he replied. "I'll wait!"

And thus a Classic was born!

A multiple 1964 Oscar winner (including 'Best Actress' for Andrews, who got to share the stage with her "Lady" costar, Rex Harrison, who won 'Best Actor'), the film was a major hit, worldwide, and quickly achieved the legendary status it holds today.

With songs both silly and sublime, seamless intermeshing of live performers and animation as only the Disney studio, at that time, was capable of, and the undeniable magnetism of Andrews and Van Dyke, it is nearly impossible NOT to like "Mary Poppins"!


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