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.

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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).

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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.

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Question: How did they film the shot with the different colour medicines coming out of the same bottle?

Answer: Most likely a variation on the "inexhaustible bottle" magic trick which has existed in various forms for hundreds of years - it relies on different chambers holding different liquids, and air holes in the bottle being covered or not change the pressure and allow the desired liquid to flow out. As the scene is one continuous shot with the entire bottle visible, this seems most likely - the air holes could be on the side away from the camera, with Julie Andrews repositioning her thumb for each colour. More info here:

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