Mary Poppins

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.

Super Grover

Trivia: The medicine bottle that pours different colours was a real working prop. Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber were not informed of its purpose, so Karen's shriek of delight is genuine.

Trivia: Matthew Garber was scared of heights, so they gave him 10 cents each time he went up in a harness for the tea party on the ceiling.

Trivia: When Mary Poppins is singing in front of the mirror during the "A Spoonful of Sugar" sequence, her reflection starts showing off, to which Mary replies "Cheeky." Julie Andrews ad-libbed that comment.

Trivia: Child actor Karen Dotrice (who played Jane Banks) said in later years that she and Matthew Garber (who played Michael Banks) were shocked at Julie Andrews' frequent foul language and smoking on the set of "Mary Poppins"; and they were also aware of something very wrong with Dick Van Dyke (who was seriously hungover much of the time and having bouts of suicidal depression).

Charles Austin Miller

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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Mary Poppins: We can't have them gallivanting up there like kangaroos, can we?

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Question: The very last mistake listed for Mary Poppins says that you can see the lamp post coming through the bag and the table. I have watched this scene many times (in slow motion and otherwise) and I can't seem to find what you are talking about. Could someone please explain it's talking about?

Answer: There's no reason you shouldn't be able to see it, it's so obvious, unless you have the movie on DVD. It's possible they fixed the framing of the scene for its DVD release.

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