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Mary Poppins Overview:

Mary Poppins (1964) was a Comedy - Family Film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney and Bill Walsh.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by P. L. Travers published in 1934.

Mary Poppins was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2013.

Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressJulie AndrewsWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Carroll Clark, William H. Tuntke; Set Decoration: Emile Kuri, Hal GausmanNominated
Best CinematographyEdward ColmanNominated
Best Costume DesignTony WaltonNominated
Best DirectorRobert StevensonNominated
Best Film EditingCotton WarburtonWon
Best Music - ScoringRichard M. Sherman, Robert B. ShermanWon
Best Music - ScoringIrwin KostalNominated
Best Music - SongMusic and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. ShermanWon
Best PictureWalt Disney and Bill Walsh, ProducersNominated
Best WritingBill Walsh, Don DaGradiNominated
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Mary Poppins Returns

By Alyson on Feb 8, 2019 From The Best Picture Project

Set about 30 years after Poppins? first visit with the Banks family, Mary Poppins Returns is another spoon full of sugar for a dark time in the Banks home. Michael (Ben Whishaw) is recently widowed with three young children, the family home and financial woes. His sister, Jane (Emily Mortimer) is an... Read full article


Searching for Mary Poppins in 2018

By Lara on Dec 27, 2018 From Backlots

When I first heard that there would be another Mary Poppins movie made in 2018, I wasn’t sure what to think. Being a lifelong devotee of the original film, I was hard-pressed to imagine anyone who could fill the gigantic shoes of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, or if anyone even had the right... Read full article


Promoting Poppins : The Merchandise of Mary Poppins

By The Metzinger Sisters on Jul 31, 2018 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

The Walt Disney Company today are pros when it comes to knowing how to promote their latest films but, back in the day, they had the marketing game pretty well in hand, too. In 1964, without the aid of the internet or a bombardment of television commercials, they promoted Mary Poppins to countries... Read full article


Mary Poppins (1963)

By Beatrice on Jun 6, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Mary Poppins Directed by Robert Stevenson Written by Bill Walsh and Don DaGradi from books by P.J. Travers 1964/USA Walt Disney Productions Repeat viewing/Netflix rental One of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die A treat at all ages. The Banks children, Jane and Michael, go through nannies at a ... Read full article


THE MARY POPPINS CONUNDRUM

on Feb 10, 2017 From Caftan Woman

I was 7 years old the year Mary Poppins was released. The emotions associated with that movie are still vivid to this day. Sitting in the theatre I was entranced by the music and the look of the movie. I recall thinking that David Tomlinson was the best actor in the world. I truly felt for his pligh... Read full article


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Mr. Banks: I feel a surge of deep satisfaction, much as a king astride his noble steed - thank you. When I return from daily strife, to hearth and wife... How pleasant is the life I lead!
Mrs. Banks: Dear, it's about the children...
Mr. Banks: Yes, yes, yes. I run my home precisely on schedule. At 6:01, I march through my door. My slippers, sherry, and pipe are due at 6:02. Consistent is the life I lead!
Mrs. Banks: George, they're missing!
Mr. Banks: Splendid, splendid. It's grand to be an Englishman in 1910! King Edward's on the throne, it's the age of men! I'm the lord of my castle, the sovereign, the liege! I treat my subjects, servants, children, wife with a firm but gentle hand, noblesse oblige. It's 6:03, and the heirs to my dominion are scrubbed and tubbed, and added, quickly fed. And so I'll pat them on the head, and send them off to bed. Ah, lordly is the life I lead! Winifred, where are the children?
Mrs. Banks: They're not here, dear.
Mr. Banks: What? Well, of course they're here! Where else would they be?


Bert: Uncle Albert, I got a jolly joke I saved for just such an occasion. Would you like to hear it?
Uncle Albert: [sobbing] I'd be so grateful.
Bert: Well it's about me granddad, see, and one night he has a nightmare. He was so scared, he chewed his pillow to bits. Bits. In the morning, I says, "How you feel, Granddad?" He says, "Oh, not bad. A little down in the mouth."
[Bert laughs, Uncle Albert sobs harder]
Bert: I always say there's nothing like a good joke.
Uncle Albert: [sobbing] No, and that was nothing like a good joke.


Mrs. Banks: As a matter of fact, since you hired Mary Poppins, the most extraordinary things seem to have come over the household.
Mr. Banks: Is that so?
Mrs. Banks: Take Ellen, for instance. She hasn't broken a dish all morning.
Mr. Banks: Really. Well, that is extraordinary.


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David Tomlinson (Mr. Banks) also voices several of the animated characters that Bert and Mary Poppins encounter in the chalk drawing, including a penguin waiter and the jockey who allows Mary Poppins to pass on her carousel horse. He also voices the Parrot Umbrella Handle at the end of the movie. Original choices for George Banks included Richard Harris, Terry-Thomas, George Sanders, James Mason and Donald Sutherland.
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".
Although Dick Van Dyke considers this the best film he has appeared in, he nevertheless maintains to this day that he was somewhat miscast as Bert. He has suggested that either Jim Dale or Ron Moody would have played the part better.
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