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.
After triumphs on Broadway and the London stage (and the disappointment of not being cast in the film adaptation of My Fair Lady), Andrews made her screen debut in this magica, musical Disney version of Travers's children's classic about a flying governess who takes over the house of a turn-of-the-century London banker and wins the hearts of his two children. Andrews's fresh appeal in in ample evidence here, and she was embraced by audiences around the world for this and for The Sound of Music, made the following year. A lanky Van Dyke, in the standout screen role of his career, plays Bert, the chimney sweep, and sings and dances the popular "Chim-Chim-Cheree" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The limited-release deluxe collector's set features the remastered original film, the original theatrical trailer, footage of the world premier at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and a commemorative book, The Music of Mary Poppins.
(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion)..
Mary Poppins was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2013.
Academy Awards 1964 --- Ceremony Number 37 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actress||Julie Andrews||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Carroll Clark, William H. Tuntke; Set Decoration: Emile Kuri, Hal Gausman||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Edward Colman||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design||Tony Walton||Nominated|
|Best Director||Robert Stevenson||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Cotton Warburton||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman||Won|
|Best Music - Scoring||Irwin Kostal||Nominated|
|Best Music - Song||Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman||Won|
|Best Picture||Walt Disney and Bill Walsh, Producers||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi||Nominated|
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[Mr. Dawes lurches forward, the others steady him]
Mr. Dawes Sr.: When fall the banks of England... ENGLAND FALLS!
[Mr. Dawes falls backward; the rest of the Board of Directors have to catch him]
Bert: What did I tell ya? There's the whole world at your feet. And who gets to see it but the birds, the stars and the chimney sweeps.
Bert: All right, I'll do it myself!
Mary Poppins: Do what?
Bert: Bit o' magic!
Michael: A bit of magic?
Bert: It's easy! Let's see... You think. You wink. You do a double blink. You close your eyes... and jump!
[They jump onto the drawing, nothing happens]
Jane: Is something s'posed to happen?
Mary Poppins: Bert, what utter nonsense!
[gives an exasperated sigh]
Mary Poppins: Why do you always complicate things that are really quite simple? Give me your hand please, Michael. Don't slouch. One... two...
[They jump into the chalk picture]
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The setting was changed from the 1930s to the Edwardian era at the suggestion of the Sherman Brothers (Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman).
P.L. Travers wanted the animated chalk-drawing sequence removed from the film, but Walt Disney refused.
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