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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  • Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins (1964)
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23 December 2004 | sryder@judson-il.edu
10
| A unique achievement, filled out on the DVD
Despite the technical achievements and the outstanding musical score, it is the performances that keep the film alive for me. Julie Andrews was right on target when she received her academy award and thanked Jack Warner for turning her down in the film version of My Fair Lady. She conveys both dignity and warmth as Mary. Dick van Dyke had the chance of a lifetime to demonstrate the breadth of his talents, especially his dancing, which could not be fully exploited on his TV series. Disney gave real depth to the film through his use of Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Treacher, Reginald Owen, Ed Wynn and (especially) Jane Darwell (who is cited in the IMDb biography as best known for her cameo portrayal of the Bird Lady, despite her 1940 Academy Award for one of the great all-time performances in Grapes of Wrath). I computed the ages of the five as reaching 418 years when the film was released; their film careers covered 193 combined years, with stage careers going back as far as 1905. Disney's casting of these, as well as a group of accomplished British actors of stage and film demonstrated what should be meant by "supporting cast": it gave strong support against which Andrews and Van Dyke could perform without being under to carry the entire film. Finally: If someone wants to appreciate the care that went into the film, s/he should purchase the new 40th anniversary DVD. Viewing the interviews and other documents enabled me to increase my already great enjoyment. They do not "murder to dissect"; quite the contrary.

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Trivia

There are 20 distinguishable names in "Jolly Holiday" when Bert and the penguins are discussing how no one is better than Mary Poppins. The names are as follows: Mavis and Sybil [have ways that are winning], Prudence and Gwendolyn [set your heart spinning], Phoebe [delightful], Maude [is disarming], Janis, Felicia, Lydia [charming], Cynthia [dashing], Vivian [sweet], Stephanie [smashing], Priscilla [a treat], Veronica, Millicent, Agnes, Jane [convivial company time and again], Doris, Phyllis, Glynis [of sorts, I'll agree are three jolly good sports. But, cream of the crop, tip of the top, it's Mary Poppins and there we stop.]


Quotes

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!
Bert: Room 'ere for everyone. Gather around.
Bert: The constable - responstable! Now 'ow does that sound?
Bert: Hm.
Bert: 'Ello, ...


Goofs

When the penguins bring Mary and Bert menus, the menus are pink. A moment later, Bert's menu is bright purple.


Crazy Credits

In the end credits cast list, the actor playing Mr. Dawes, Sr. is initially shown as NAVCKID KEYD, then the letters unscramble themselves to show that this is a second role played by Dick Van Dyke.


Alternate Versions

Also shown in sing-a-long version.


Soundtracks

Chim-Chim-Cheree
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by
Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Dick Van Dyke
Reprised by Dick Van Dyke, Julie Andrews, Karen Dotrice, and Matthew Garber

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Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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