Paramount at the Movies Presents: Disney’s Mary Poppins [G]
Movies | 07/28/2019 | 2:00PM
Julie Andrews made her Oscar-winning film debut as the “practically perfect in every way” Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who enlightens the lives of everyone she meets while caring for a stiff banker’s two children in London in the early 1900s. With the help of a carefree chimney sweep named Bert (Dick Van Dyke), the spirited nanny turns every chore into a game and every day into a “Jolly Holiday.” Enjoy the music, the magic, and the joy of Mary Poppins right here at The Paramount Theater.
In 1965, Mary Poppins won five Academy Awards (Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Film Editing, Best Effects, Special Visual Effects, Best Music, Original Song, and Best Music, Substantially Original Score), and was nominated for eight others; won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical (Julie Andrews) and was nominated for three others; and won two Grammy’s (Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show and Best Recording for Children). Don’t miss your chance to see this award-winning film on the largest screen in Central Virginia.
Image credits: © Disney Enterprises, Inc.
Did you know?
- Walt Disney regarded this film to be one of the crowning achievements of his career.
- The “Step in Time” sequence had to be filmed twice because of a scratch on the film from the first take. The entire sequence took a week to film.
- One of Julie Andrews’ favorite songs was “Stay Awake”. When she heard that there were plans to delete it, she wrote a letter of concern to P.L. Travers, who instantly insisted that the song remain in the film.
- The character of Mr. Banks is based on the author’s own father, Travers Goff.
- Lyricist Robert B. Sherman had searched for nearly two weeks for a catchy phrase that could be Mary Poppins’ anthem. He came across the perfect title when his young son Jeff came home from school one day and announced that he had just received a polio vaccine. Thinking that the vaccine had been administered as a shot, Sherman asked, “Did it hurt?” He replied, “No. They just gave it to me on a cube of sugar and I swallowed it down.” Sherman tried the idea on his brother the following morning, Richard M. Sherman put the phrase to music and “A Spoonful of Sugar” was born.