Mary Poppins (1964) Movie Poster

Goofs from Mary Poppins (1964)

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  • Jane's teeth grow in erratically.
  • When the penguins bring Mary and Bert menus, the menus are pink. A moment later, Bert's menu is bright purple.
  • Just before walking on the stairs made of smoke, they are walking single file on a rooftop in the following order: Mary, Jane, Michael, Bert. In the next close up shot, they are not in a line. They are in a group and Michael is in front of Jane.
  • After Mary Poppins powders her nose black, her face in the next scene is clean again.
  • During the "Step in Time" number when the chimney sweeps pop out of the chimneys, in one scene all three sweeps are seen coming up behind the chimneys and not out of them.
  • Mr. Banks tears Jane and Michael's advertisement into eight pieces. Only eight pieces of paper float up the chimney, but at least twice as many are shown coming out of the top of the chimney.
  • In the opening credits, Mary is shown in a close up powdering her nose while sitting on a cloud. Her carpet bag is on her right and her umbrella is on her left. In a long shot, immediately after (which is animated) the carpet bag and umbrella are not present.
  • During the "Supercali..." song, when Bert and Mary sing "The biggest word you ever heard and this is how it goes..." Mary's head becomes slightly transparent and you can see the animation behind her. This goof might only be on the remastered 2004 DVD version.
  • When the four carousel horses are lined up, we can see Dick Van Dyke's cable.
  • During the beginning of the "I Love to Laugh" sequence, when Uncle Albert says, "Loud and long and clear," his left hand goes transparent into the background. (From the 40th Anniversary Edition)
  • The robin that lands on Mary's finger in the "Spoonful of Sugar" sequence is an American robin (Turdus migratorius), not a British robin (Erithacus rubecula).
  • When Mary uses the tape measure on herself, she holds the tape horizontally to read it, however the close up shows the tape vertically with the words oriented that way.
  • During "Feed the Birds", Mary shakes the cathedral globe, and the birds flutter about. Less than five seconds later, the globe appears unshaken.
  • At the end of the movie, the Constable described the "missing" Mr. Banks as "about 6 foot 1". There is a common misconception outside of Europe that Britain only uses the metric system when in fact they use both. Britain didn't begin using the metric system until the early 1970's. Imperial measurement (slightly different to American) is still used almost exclusively for measuring people/clothing and for road speeds/distances.
  • When Mary Poppins, Jane, and Michael are sliding down the stairs handrail as they pass in front of Ellen, part of the trolley is clearly visible on Michael's left.
  • Jane and Michael switch sides while they are holding Bert's hand when he walks them home.
  • When Michael is locked in the closet while cleaning the nursery, the door opens for several seconds and we hear him yell "Let me out!" repeatedly, but his mouth doesn't move.
  • During the "I Love to Laugh" sequence, the strings attached to Michael are clearly visible in front of Mary's face when he first takes off. Later, the strings lifting Mary are visible when she joins the others at the table - showing that they are attached to her at the waist, just below her pocket.
  • Bert places his hat inside the chalk drawing under a banner that reads, "Contributions Welcome" but after the rainstorm, his hat is underneath the drawing.
  • When Mary first turns from the window with the robin perched on her fingers, the cables operating the bird are visible on the back of her hand.
  • When Mary Poppins is tidying the nursery, the pictures straighten, but in the next shot, they are still crooked.
  • When Mary and Bert are dancing with the cartoon penguins, you can see Bert's legs and some of the "real" scenery through the cartoon penguins in some shots.
  • The second time that all the Bankses' furniture is shifted by Admiral Boom's cannon shot, we can see a vase sitting on a column rock back and forth, then be pulled back to its original position by a string.
  • During the "Sister Suffragette" number, Mrs. Banks places a sash that says "Votes for Women" on Katie Nana. First the words are on her right side, next shot on her left side, and in the final shot, back on her right side.
  • Obvious stand-ins for Mary, Bert, Jane, and Michael when Mary Poppins, Bert, and the children step onto a cloud which wafts them back down after exploring the rooftops (just before the "Step in Time" number).
  • The two robin parents building their nest outside the children's bedroom window are both male.
  • Mary's glove appears to darken in the close-up when she reads the advertisement to Mr. Banks, due to the lighting.
  • When Mary Poppins is taking items out of her bag when she arrives, the patterns and colors of the bag change.
  • When Bert traces Mary's shadow on the sidewalk, the sunlight obviously comes from behind Mary. However, when Bert stands up to greet Mary, the sun shines frontally into her face.
  • When Mary and the children are sliding down the stairs, the equipment rolling along with them is visible.
  • When Mary Poppins pops out of the Bankses' chimney, a cable supporting her can be seen against the sky.
  • When Mr. Dawes, Sr. comes out to see Mr. Banks, Jane, and Michael, he's talking, but his mouth doesn't move.
  • When Mrs. Banks bends to embrace the children (when the Constable brings the children back from the park), her head is turned to her left rather than looking at her children, obviously anticipating Mr. Banks' line which cuts off her embrace.
  • During "Feed the Birds," Mary Poppins is holding a rather large water globe. At the end of the song, she puts Michael in his bed and tucks in Jane, but the globe is nowhere in sight.
  • The position of Mary's hands on the water globe during the song "Feed the Birds" keeps changing.
  • In the penguin number Dick Van Dyke's pants change to short legs and long crutch to long legs and short crutch. This was deliberate, as Bert is clearly seen adjusting his trousers to match the shape/characteristics of the penguins he is dancing with just prior to and following the scene.
  • When Bert is singing one of his comical poems, a harmonica tune can be heard; however it's visible, but Bert himself doesn't always play it.
  • When Mary Poppins says the word "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" backwards, she pronounces the final two syllables ("repus") 'ROO-pus' rather than 'REE-pus' or 'REPP-us'.
  • During "The Perfect Nanny", Michael's hair is parted to the left, then straight down, then to the left again.
  • When Bert first walks onto Cherry Tree Lane and the camera follows him, the shadows of equipment are visible on the lamp post in the foreground.
  • At the end of his opening song, Bert hits himself on the head with a cymbal. He is holding it with two hands but a cymbal touched on the rim will muffle and not sound clear and long.
  • When the constable brings the children home after Katie Nanna quits, Michael tries explaining why they ran off. While he is saying, "It was windy out," you can clearly see Jane mouthing that very line while he is saying it.
  • Studio lights reflected in Jane Banks's eyes during "The Perfect Nanny" sequence.
  • When Mr. Banks is dismissed from the bank, he takes Michael's two pennies from his pocket and these are seen as Edward VII pennies, which are correct for the period. However the coins are worn and battered, as if they had been in circulation for decades, whereas the longest an Edward VII coin could possibly have been in circulation in 1910 would have been eight years, as such the coins should have looked nearly (if not actually) new.
  • When Jane comes shooting out of the Banks' chimney after Michael she isn't holding a brush. Magically, she has one while talking to Michael on the top of the roof.
  • After all the chimney sweeps leave the house, Jane tells her father that every one of them shook his hand. This isn't, in fact, true. A big handful of them had simply tipped their hats to him on their way out.
  • At the end of Bert's performance as a one-man band, he hits himself on the head with a cymbal. However, immediately before this action, he is playing a concertina and afterwards there is no sign of the cymbal. Although he uses cymbals in his performance, they are not placed where he could so quickly grab one.
  • In the opening title montage image, St Paul's Cathedral is shown to be between Tower Hill and Westminster, whereas it is in the opposite direction.
  • When Bert warns Mary Poppins that Uncle Albert's problem is contagious, just before Mary opens the doors to the tea parlor and they all see him laughing on the ceiling, Jane asks "Should we get spots?" to which Mary Poppins answers back, "Oh highly unlikely." To Americans, this line doesn't make sense, as Americans would ask, "Will we get sick?", but to Britons, especially for the era, this makes sense. It's simply a difference of dialect reflected in the script.
  • In the nursery scene where they are tidying up, half of one of the beds is missing.
  • As the opening finishes, the camera trucks down to the area south of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, but in the closing sequence, Mary Poppins departs east of the Tower of London.
  • When Mary and Bert look through their menus with the penguins, the very next scene shows the menus have disappeared. They're not on the table, either.
  • The scene at night in the children's bedroom is incredibly bright. That type of lighting did not exist in homes, especially bedrooms, in 1910.
  • When Mary Poppins and the children supposedly go shopping before their unexpected visit with Uncle Albert, they are told by Admiral Boom to "proceed at Flank speed". A Royal Navy officer would have used "Full" speed as "Flank" is only used by the United States Navy to indicate a speed between "Full" and "Emergency".
  • The robin that lands on Mary Poppins hand has a large red breast, which actually identifies it as American. European robins have a smaller red area.
  • Upon being fired from the bank, Mr. Banks begins to sing "A Spoonful of Sugar." He would not know this song, as he wasn't in the previous scene when it was sung.
  • When the Banks family were vacating their empty house, you could see 13A power sockets of a type not in wide use until the 1960s.
  • Reta Shaw, as Mrs. Brill the cook, is one or two of the American actors in the film who doesn't attempt to use a British accent, although the cook should have spoken with a British accent to make the film even more authentic.
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