Mary Poppins

George Banks, an old-fashioned London banker, is trying to find a nanny for his two naughty children, Jane and Michael, as several nannies have now upped and left. His children produce an advertisement for their ideal nanny ("with a cheery disposition, rosy cheeks, play games - all sorts", etc). George tears it up and throws it away.

Floating down from the sky, the "practically perfect" Mary Poppins arrives, having rescued the remains of the children's advertisement. She charms George into giving her the job, and soon delights the children with her songs and magic, while remaining extremely firm and militant, and only promising to stay until the wind changes.

She takes them on several outings, including jumping through a chalk picture into the countryside, accompanied by Bert, an odd-job man with an (appallingly imitated) cockney accent. They also visit uncle Albert, a man who can't stop laughing, and have a tea party on the ceiling.

George is infuriated that the children are doing such frivolous things, and tries to sack Mary Poppins, but she suggests he takes the children to his bank. Michael has taken tuppence "to feed the birds", but an eccentric elderly man at the bank steals it. The children run away, and bump into Bert, who is now a chimney sweep.

He takes the children, and Mary Poppins, up the chimney and on to the roof, where they dance, along with many other chimney sweeps.

Meanwhile, George has lost his job at the bank. However, he is suddenly much more cheerful and fun loving.


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.

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George Banks: Kindly do not attempt to cloud the issue with facts.

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Trivia: To celebrate the film's anniversary and release on DVD, there was a special screening of the film, at which Dick Van Dyke shared a humorous personal memory. On his way to the original premiere of the film, Dick Van Dyke's limousine ran out of gas not too far from the theater, so Dick himself got out and pushed the car to the red carpet.

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Question: If the children had run after the kite, and were on the other side of the park, how did they know that Katie Nanna was gone?

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Answer: It wasn't exactly specified exactly how far they ran, so they could have been very far away from her. Also, she probably saw them run away but didn't care too much about it, or at least didn't notice their kite, and just left.

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