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Mary Poppins

 

"Have you ever noticed the color of Mary’s petticoats? I think Mary had a secret life of some sort."

Julie Andrews on Mary Poppins

Mary PoppinsA lovable nanny Mary Poppins flies out of the windy London skies and into the home of a no-nonsense banker and his two mischievous children. Hoping to bridge the gap between them, "practically perfect" Mary Poppins magically turns every chore into a game and every day into a whimsical adventure, including an rooftop dance with a carefree chimney sweep named Bert


Mary Poppins

Directed By
Robert Stevenson
Screenplay By
Bill Walsh, Don DaGradi
Music By
Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Release Date/Runtime
26 August 1964 (US)
140 Minutes
Character
Mary Poppins
Cast
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns, David Tomlinson, Ed Wynn
 

 

Mary Poppins Awards and Nominations
 
1965 Academy Awards
Best Actress in a Leading Role - Julie Andrews (WON)
Best Effects, Special Visual Effects (WON)
Best Film Editing (WON)
Best Music, Score - Substantially Original (WON)
Best Music, Song "Chim Chim Cher-ee" (WON)
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color (Nominated)
Best Cinematography, Color (Nominated)
Best Costume Design, Color (Nominated)
Best Director (Nominated)
Best Music, Scoring of Music, Adaptation or Treatment (Nominated)
Best Picture (Nominated)
Best Sound (Nominated)
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Nominated)
 
1965 Golden Globes
  Best Motion Picture Actress - Musical/Comedy - Julie Andrews (WON)
Best Motion Picture - Musical/Comedy (Nominated)
Best Motion Picture Actor - Musical/Comedy (Nominated)
Best Original Score (Nominated)
 
1965 American Cinema Editors
Best Edited Feature Film (WON)
   
1965 Grammy Awards
  Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show (WON)
Best Recording For Children - 'Mary Poppins' (Album) (WON)
   
1965 Laurel Awards
  Best Song "Chim Chim Cher-ee" (WON)
General Entertainment (WON)
Musical Performance, Female - Julie Andrews (WON)
Supporting Performance, Female - Glynis Johns (WON)
Musical Performance, Male - Dick Van Dyke (Nominated)
   
1965 British Academy Awards
Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles - Julie Andrews (WON)
1965 Writer's Guild of America
Best Written American Musical (WON)

 

Mary Poppins Curiosities
 
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.
 
PL Travers said that Julie Andrews was much prettier than Mary Poppins was supposed to be, but her nose was perfect.
 
Originally Walt Disney had considered Bette Davis for the part of Mary Poppins based on the cold characterization portrayed in the P.L. Travers books. Disney eventually chose Julie Andrews for the part, when he saw her in Camelot; he instantly liked her and loved her whistling and sense of humor.
P.L. Travers so detested this film adaptation of her novel, she left the premiere in tears. Reportedly, she most objected to the altering of Mary Poppins' character from cold and intimidating in the novel to warm and cheery in the film. She also took issue with the film's perceived anti-feminist ending, in which Mrs. Banks gives up her campaigning for women's rights to stay at home as a housewife.
 
Matthew Garber was paid 10 cents for every time they filmed the tea party scene. He was afraid of heights, so somebody offered to pay him a "bonus" 10 cents for every take.
 
The chorus performing as the animated Pearly Band during "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" was comprised of songwriter Richard M. Sherman, vocal coach J. Pat O'Malley and Julie Andrews.
 
Mary Poppins and Mrs. Banks never speak to each other in the film.
 
Julie Andrews provided the whistling for the animatronic Robin during the song "A Spoonful of Sugar".
 
Julie Andrews was determined to nail the lullaby "Stay Awake". She took nearly 50 takes (most reports suggest 47) in the Disney recording studio to create the perfect "soft" voice quality for the song.
 
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.
 

 

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