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Mary Poppins Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, [[Performer~P311326~P.L. Travers~pltravers]] finally succumbed to the entreaties of [[Performer~P87871~Walt Disney~waltdisney]], and the result is often considered the finest of [[Performer~P87871~Disney~waltdisney]]'s personally supervised films. The [[Performer~P311326~Travers~pltravers]] stories are bundled together to tell the story of the Edwardian-era British Banks family: the banker father ([[Performer~P71284~David Tomlinson~davidtomlinson]]), suffragette mother ([[Performer~P96142~Glynis Johns~glynisjohns]]), and the two "impossible" children ([[Performer~P19806~Karen Dotrice~karendotrice]] and [[Performer~P25816~Matthew Garber~matthewgarber]]). The kids get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. Whem Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins ([[Performer~P1721~Julie Andrews~julieandrews]] in her screen debut) answers the children's ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary's old chum Bert ([[Performer~P72745~Dick Van Dyke~dickvandyke]]), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert's chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" in a cartoon countryside. Later, they pay a visit to Bert's Uncle Albert ([[Performer~P77743~Ed Wynn~edwynn]]), who laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he's not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins' role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her "mistakes" lead to a happy result by the end of the film. In 2001, Mary Poppins was rereleased in a special "sing-along" edition with subtitles added to the musical numbers so audiences could join in with the onscreen vocalists. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 27, 1964

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Julie Andrews Most Promising Newcomer 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Julie Andrews Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julie Andrews Best Actress 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Emile Kuri Best Color Art Direction 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Walt Disney Best Picture 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tony Walton Best Color Costume Design 1964 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Dick Van Dyke Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert B. Sherman Best Song 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert B. Sherman Best Adapted Score 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Robert B. Sherman Best Original Score 1964 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Robert Stevenson Best Director 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Stevenson Best Director 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Walsh Best Adapted Screenplay 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill Walsh Best Picture 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hamilton Luske Best Visual Effects 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard M. Sherman Best Adapted Score 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard M. Sherman Best Original Score 1964 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Richard M. Sherman Best Original Score 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences William Tuntke Best Color Art Direction 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carroll Clark Best Color Art Direction 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cotton Warburton Best Editing 1964 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don DaGradi Best Adapted Screenplay 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Edward Colman Best Color Cinematography 1964 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Eustace Lycett Best Visual Effects 1964 Winner

Cast

Julie Andrews
as Mary Poppins
Dick Van Dyke
as Bert/Mr. Dawes, Sr.
David Tomlinson
as Mr. Banks
Glynis Johns
as Mrs. Banks
Hermione Baddeley
as Ellen
Ed Wynn
as Uncle Albert
Matthew Garber
as Michael Banks
Elsa Lanchester
as Katie Nanna
Arthur Treacher
as Constable Jones
Reginald Owen
as Admiral Boom
Reta Shaw
as Mrs. Brill
Jane Darwell
as Bird Woman
Cyril Delevanti
as Mr. Grubbs
Lester Matthews
as Mr. Tomes
Marjorie Bennett
as Miss Lark
Alma Lawton
as Mrs. Corry
Marjorie Eaton
as Miss Persimmon
Dal McKennon
as Fox
Arthur Malet
as Mr. Dawes, Jr.
Don Barclay
as Mr. Binnacle
J. Pat O'Malley
Sam Harris
as Citizen
Doris Lloyd
as Depositor

Crew

Robert Stevenson
Director
Bill Walsh
Producer
Walt Disney
Producer
Bill Walsh
Screenwriter
Don DaGradi
Screenwriter
Edward Colman
Cinematographer
Richard M. Sherman
Composer (Music Score)
Robert B. Sherman
Composer (Music Score)
Cotton Warburton
Editor
William Tuntke
Production Designer
Carroll Clark
Production Designer
Emile Kuri
Set Designer
Tony Walton
Costume Designer
Eustace Lycett
Special Effects
Cliff Nordberg
Animator
John Lounsbery
Animator
Hal Ambro
Animator
Milt Kahl
Animator
Art Stevens
Animator
Ward Kimball
Animator
Hamilton Luske
Animator
Marc Breaux
Choreography
Pat McNalley
Makeup
Richard M. Sherman
Lyricist
Robert B. Sherman
Lyricist
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