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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins (1964)

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Continuity mistake: The father tears the children's advert for a nanny up into 8 pieces, but when it comes out of the chimney it's in far more bits.

Continuity mistake: At the beginning when Mrs. Bank is talking to Katie Nanna you can see the clock behind her and you can clearly see that the time is 6:30 when a little later it is at 6:00.

Factual error: The Robin that comes along in the movie is an American Robin, not a British Robin.

Revealing mistake: An early scene with the constable and the children, Jane silently mouths along with one of Michael's lines.

Continuity mistake: At the bank where the elder Mr. Dawes appears from the back room, he makes it as far as the edge of the step in that shot. In the next shot, he's back by the door walking again to the edge of the step.

Revealing mistake: When all four actors are up on the rooftops, look closely at them when they all step onto the smoke platform that brings them down. All four actors are doubles.

Continuity mistake: When Uncle Albert, Bert, and the kids fall down from hovering on the ceiling, they're about to land on the chairs. But when the camera view changes, they land on the floor.

Other mistake: In the ceiling tea party, Mary Poppins offers Bert some sugar, and when he responds that he would not like any, his Cockney accent is gone.

Revealing mistake: When Mary Poppins takes the children on an outing to the park, look at the front steps when the front door opens. They are not steps but flat ground painted to look like steps.

Revealing mistake: In the tea party on the ceiling sequence, 2 shots after Uncle Albert tells his long underwear joke, Jane does a backflip in the air. If you look closely you can see the imprints that wires that she was hanging from made on her dress.

Revealing mistake: There is a certain point in the song "Step In Time" (I believe it is when we see a couple of men switching their feet on the top of a chimney) where against the sky you can see where a wall and ceiling meet. This is because the scene was shot indoors.

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Continuity mistake: The "Votes for women" band over the old nanny's shoulder swaps positions when the song about suffrage is about to end.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the film, Mary Poppins flies away from the Banks's house (supposedly within a short distance of the City of London), however, she is then shown flying towards the City on a route that would take her over the Banks's house on the way, had she not already flown over it.

Revealing mistake: In the scene where Mary Poppins is removing the large plant from her carpet bag, Michael inspects the underside of the table, where the table leg casts a shadow across his face. When Mary crosses in front of him (still under the table) she does NOT cast a shadow, although she should.

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Continuity mistake: When the kids meet Bert as a pavement artist, he draws a road with a single-arched bridge on his drawing. When they jump into the drawing, the bridge is double arched.

Revealing mistake: At the very beginning of the movie, when Mary Poppins is sitting on the cloud, you can see the string attached to her bag just as it almost falls through the cloud.

Continuity mistake: When Mr. Banks throws the kids' letter pieces to the fireplace, their position changes between shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the beginning, when Mr. Banks is calling the police and talking to his wife at the same time, the phone cord changes position between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Mr. Banks begins singing "Let's Go Fly A Kite," Ellen the maid puts her left hand up to her cheek in surprise. In the very next shot, her hands are clasped in front of her.

Other mistake: As Admiral Boom's assistant is loading the cannon a third time, he puts the red rocket in nose first rather than stick first.

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Revealing mistake: In the scene with the three chimneys, the sweep coming out of the middle chimney can be seen actually coming up from behind it, as his arms going up are visible.

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Visible crew/equipment: As all the sweeps come out of the chimneys, the wires holding them are visible.

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Visible crew/equipment: As Mary Poppins gets to the top of her exit from the chimney, the wires holding her are visible. And as Bert lands, his wires are visible.

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Continuity mistake: As the Penguins answer the call, and are setting up the table, Bert is laughing and leaning in, and a second later, he is upright and all the way back in the chair.

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Revealing mistake: As Mary and Bert sit at the Penguins' tea tent, when Bert calls for the waiter, the background shows through his head, revealing the live action matted in over the animation.

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Revealing mistake: As the turtle closest to the camera struggles with Bert's weight, Mary's heel clips through the turtle's beak. Also, though a combination of animation and live action, neither Bert or Mary has any kind of reflection on the water, real or otherwise.

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Continuity mistake: When Admiral Boom makes his appearance, and asks about the time gun, he states "Three minutes and Six seconds" until the hour. However, the argument between Katie Nanna, the maid and cook, and Mrs. Banks' "Sister Suffragette" number, and Nanna's announcement of departure take a total of five minutes and ten seconds until the gun is fired.

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Factual error: The local police constable wears the divisional letter 'H'. H Division of the Metropolitan Police covered Whitechapel. While it is never specified where the upper middle-class Cherry Tree Lane is, it's certainly not in Whitechapel, which was a solidly working-class district in the heart of the East End. He also wears his letter and number on his helmet plate, a 19th century practice that had been abolished by 1910.

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Continuity mistake: Bert makes a riddle about a short woman and her daughters behind laugh, lowering their heads and turning them around. A frame later, from a wider angle, they are repeating the previous movements.

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Continuity mistake: During the credits Mary puts make-up on her face and raises her umbrella and bag. When the angle changes they both disappear.

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Continuity mistake: Bert introduces the Admiral, who stands by the end of the banister, next to the canon. A frame later he has moved about 5 meters to the left.

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Revealing mistake: When Mary Poppins has the robin on her finger, just after the outside shot where the robin does his whistle bit, you can see the cables used to operate the bird on the back of her hand while she turns away from the window.

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Revealing mistake: After Michael and Jane have been sucked into the chimney and then pop out, Mary Poppins pops out a short time afterward. When she does so, a dark, obvious cable can be seen supporting her.

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Continuity mistake: When everyone is on top of the roof, Mary Poppins powders her nose, which results in her nose being black with soot. The scenes following that, her nose is normal and never black as when she powders it.

Continuity mistake: In the shot where Jane and Michael are looking out the window at Mary Poppins you can see Jane's fringe being blown to the right side of her forehead because of the wind. In the next shot they're combed perfectly straight again.

Revealing mistake: Near the end of the movie after Mr. Banks throws the kite in the air and the camera shows the kite, you can see a white wire to the left of the kite that isn't the kite's string that pulls the kite over.

Continuity mistake: Jane and Michael switch sides while they are holding Burt's hand when he walks them home.

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Revealing mistake: When the penguins walk in front of the table where Mary Poppins and Bert are sitting, the table can still be seen through the penguins.

Revealing mistake: After Bert pulls up his pants to bring the dance challenge to an end, as he walks to the other side of the clearing, both he and the background can be seen through the penguins.

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Continuity mistake: When the kids enter their home after being found by the cop, Michael brings his kite with his right arm raised, and the kite standing up noticeably. A frame later his hand is down and the kite is laying so low it can't be seen.

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Revealing mistake: After the credits all the smoke coming out of the chimneys remains still, revealing it's a painted set.

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Continuity mistake: When Mary takes the mirror out of her bag the kids stand far from each other, but appear closer together in the close-up shot. This also happens when she takes the lamp out.

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Audio problem: After the credits, Bert makes a riddle about the cop and right after his accordion is heard, but he isn't playing it.

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Revealing mistake: During the close-up shots of the ceiling tea party, Bert and Uncle Albert have shadows on the wall directly behind them. However in most of the wider shots, (which have obviously been shot against a blue or green screen) the shadows are now gone.

Continuity mistake: When Mary Poppins just starts to sing "Feed the Birds", she sings "The little old bird woman comes" but if you look very closely at the end of this shot, you can see that her mouth does not finish the word "comes" (her mouth stops at come).

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Revealing mistake: During the 'Spoonful of Sugar' musical number, when Mary Poppins is singing to the robin in the children's room, the wire connected to the audio-animatronic bird can be seen just under Poppins' two fingers, very close to her palm.

Continuity mistake: When Bert is showing Jane and Michael his chalk sketches and doing his tightrope demonstration, you can see the pigeons in the corner on the far side of the bench. In the next shot when Jane points out the English countryside, the pigeons are right behind Bert again and walking away.

Revealing mistake: Mary takes a huge mirror out of her bag and the kids stare in awe. Problem is that Michael's view points in a different direction, giving away that they were looking at the void and Mary was a superimposed image to achieve the effect.

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Continuity mistake: Mr. Banks is about to interview the nannies and looks at his watch. His handkerchief is longer on the right side. When the angle changes, both sides are equally long.

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Factual error: At the end of the scene where Bert is a one-man-band, he smashes a cymbal on his forehead at the end of his song. The cymbal could not make any sound as he is holding it with both hands, preventing any vibration.

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Bert: Speaking of names, I know a man with a wooden leg named Smith.
Uncle Albert: What's the name of his other leg?

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Trivia

This was Julie Andrews' film debut. Her role won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.

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