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This month, I’ve decided to focus all of my trivia posts on Mary Poppins, in honor of the recent release of Saving Mr. Banks (loved it, by the way!). All of this month’s trivia tidbits come from Disney Trivia from the Vault: Secrets Revealed and Questions Answered by Dave Smith.
Did you ever wonder why Dick Van Dyke plays both Bert and Mr. Dawes Sr. in Mary Poppins?
“Supposedly, Dick Van Dyke very much wanted to play Mr. Dawes Sr. and even prepared a screen test to show Walt Disney that he could believably portray the old man. In 2010, at a special one-night D23 performance of the stage version of Mary Poppins at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, Dick did a cameo as Mr. Dawes Sr., a character that ordinarily does not appear in that show; needless to say, the audience was thrilled!”
I love Dick Van Dyke! (Man, I wish they’d put Diagnosis Murder on DVD or Netflix!) My kids were excited to see Bert out greeting Guests with Mary at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in December! While watching Mary Poppins last night, I decided to snap a picture of the Senior Mr. Dawes to share with you.
[Also, if you were interested in the “Nannies or Mannies” trivia from last week, I added a picture of them to that post!]