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Mary Poppins [1964] (2 discs)

Director:Robert Stevenson
Writer:Bill Walsh
Don DaGradi
Composer:Irwin Kostal
Songs:Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Length:139 minutes
(2 hours 19 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Kids
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IMDB Rating:7.7/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A magic nanny comes to work for a cold banker's unhappy family.

Reaction: Great family film with some very catchy and classic songs.

Personal Rating: 9/10

Robert Stevenson => Director
Bill Walsh => Writer
Don DaGradi => Writer
Irwin Kostal => Composer
Richard M. Sherman => Songs
Robert B. Sherman => Songs
P.L. Travers => Original "Mary Poppins" Books
Walt Disney => Producer
Alan Napier => Reporter #3 / Hound (voice) (uncredited) / Huntsman
Arthur Malet => Mr. Dawes Junior
Arthur Treacher => The Constable
Betty Lou Gerson => Old Crone (uncredited)
David Tomlinson => Mr. Banks
Dick Van Dyke => Mr. Dawes Senior (also as Navckid Keyd) / Bert
Don Barclay => Mr. Binnacle - Admiral's Servant
Ed Wynn => Uncle Albert
Elsa Lanchester => Katie Nanna
Glynis Johns => Mrs. Banks
Hermione Baddeley => The Domestic
James Logan => Bank Doorman
Jane Darwell => The Bird Woman
Julie Andrews => Mary Poppins
Karen Dotrice => Jane Banks
Matthew Garber => Michael Banks
Paul Frees => Barnyard Horse (voice) (uncredited)
Reginald Owen => Admiral Boom
Reta Shaw => The Domestic
Thurl Ravenscroft => Hog / Andrew's Whimper (voice) (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Mary Poppins and Mrs. Banks never speak to each other in the film.
  • In addition to [?] Mary Martin, Bette Davis, Angela Lansbury was also considered for Mary Poppins, while Danny Kaye, Fred Astaire and even Cary Grant were briefly considered for the role of Bert.
  • The author of the "Poppins" books, P.L. Travers, approved heartily of the casting of Julie Andrews after hearing her only on the telephone. Andrews granted the interview from her bed after the delivery of her daughter, Emma Walton.
  • Walt Disney regarded Mary Poppins as one of the crowning achievements of his career.
  • Walt Disney first attempted to purchase the film rights from P.L. Travers as early as 1938. Travers rejected his advances as she didn't believe a film version would do justice to her creation. Another reason for her initial rejection would have been that at that time the Disney studios had not yet produced a live action film. Travers finally relented and sold the film rights to Disney in 1961, although she retained script approval rights. One of the reasons prompting her to do so was a decline in her book sales.
  • When she was filming The Princess Diaries in 2001, Julie Andrews discovered that her director Garry Marshall was living in the same house that she did when she was making Mary Poppins. Some of The Princess Diaries was shot on exactly the same sound stage as the 1964 musical. Andrews knew this because there is a plaque on the sound stage saying that Mary Poppins was filmed there.
  • Julie Andrews initially hesitated in taking on the part of Mary Poppins as she was hoping that [?] Jack L. Warner would ask her to star as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. That call never came, prompting Andrews to cheekily thank Warner in her Golden Globe acceptance speech.
  • Original 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".
  • The Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) came up with the idea of Mrs. Banks being involved in the suffragette cause to explain why she should be so neglectful of her children.
  • David Tomlinson was nervous about not being good enough for the part of Mr. Banks as he had never sung professionally before.
  • One of Julie Andrews' favorite songs was "Stay Awake". When she heard that there were plans to delete it, she wrote a letter of concern to P.L. Travers who instantly insisted that the song remain in the film.
  • Ordinarily a stickler for keeping to the script, director Robert Stevenson allowed Ed Wynn free rein to improvise.
  • Not only was "Feed the Birds" Walt Disney's favorite song in the film, but it is said that anytime he visited the Sherman brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) during the rest of his life, all he would have to do was say, "Play it," and they knew he wanted to hear "Feed the Birds".
  • Lyricist Robert B. Sherman had searched for nearly two weeks for a catchy phrase that could be Mary Poppins' anthem. He came across the perfect title when his seven-year-old daughter Laurie came home from school one day and announced that she had just received a polio vaccine. Thinking that the vaccine had been administered as a shot, Sherman asked, "Did it hurt?" She replied, "No. They just gave it to me on a cube of sugar and I swallowed it down." Sherman tried the idea on his brother the following morning, Richard M. Sherman put the phrase to music and "A Spoonful of Sugar" was born.
  • The song, "Let's Go Fly a Kite" was inspired by the Sherman brothers' (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman) father, [?] Al Sherman who made kites for neighborhood kids as a weekend hobby. In the film, the broken kite represents the broken family. When Mr. Banks mends the kite and the four pieces are taped back together, the four members of the family are also reunited. By transforming her "suffragette ribbon" into the kite's tail, Mrs. Banks also commits herself to being there more for her family.
  • Julie Andrews was left hanging in mid-air during one particularly long camera setup. The stagehands unwittingly lowered her wire harness rather rapidly. "Is she down yet?" called a grip. "You bloody well better believe she is!" fumed Andrews.
  • Dick Van Dyke had his heart set on playing Mr. Dawes, Sr., and said they didn't have to pay him, he just really wanted to do it for the fun. Although Walt Disney had offered him the part of Bert right out, he made him audition for the part of Mr. Dawes, Sr.