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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bert / Mr. Dawes Senior (as Navckid Keyd)
Matthew Garber ...
The Bird Woman
James Logan ...
Bank Doorman


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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Release Date:

11 September 1964 (Brazil)  »

Also Known As:

Meri Popins  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mary Poppins' line "Spit-spot" was later used by author Neil Gaiman for one of the characters in his novel "The Ocean at the End of the Lane". He's a big fan of the Mary Poppins books written by P.L. Travers. See more »


During the "I Love to Laugh" sequence, the strings attached to Michael are clearly visible in front of Mary's face when he first takes off. Later, the strings lifting Mary are visible when she joins the others at the table - showing that they are attached to her at the waist, just below her pocket. See more »


[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!
Bert: Room 'ere for everyone. Gather around.
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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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Cash Trapped: Episode #2.17 (2017) See more »


Jolly Holiday
Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Sung by Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews
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A unique achievement, filled out on the DVD
23 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

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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