LOCK HAVEN – Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets and get ready for the City of Lock Haven’s Free Movie under the Stars, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015.
The third movie of the season will be “Mary Poppins”. Shown on a 16 foot inflatable movie screen at Triangle Park, the movie will begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. Admission is free to the public. Free popcorn will be provided courtesy of the Clinton County Women’s Center; donations will be accepted.
Long resistant to film adaptations of her Mary Poppins books, P.L. Travers finally succumbed to the entreaties of Walt Disney, and the result is often considered the finest of Disney’s personally supervised films.
The Travers children get the attention of their all-business father by bedevilling every new nanny in the Banks household. When Mr. Banks advertises conventionally for another nanny, the kids compose their own ad, asking for someone with a little kindness and imagination. Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews in her screen debut) answers the children’s ad by arriving at the Banks home from the skies, parachuting downward with her umbrella. She immediately endears herself to the children. The next day they meet Mary’s old chum Bert (Dick Van Dyke), currently employed as a sidewalk artist. Mary, Bert, and the children hop into one of Bert’s chalk drawings and learn the nonsense song “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” in a cartoon countryside. Mr. Banks is pleased that his children are behaving better, but he’s not happy with their fantastic stories. To show the children what the real world is like, he takes them to his bank. A series of disasters follow which result in his being fired from his job. Mary Poppins’ role in all this leads to some moments when it is possible to fear that all her good work will be undone, but like the magical being she is, all her “mistakes” lead to a happy result by the end of the film.
Cast members includes: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Glynis Johns, David Tomlinson, Ed Wynn, and Hermione Baddeley. The movie is rated G and runs 140 minutes. Release date: 1964.
Financial support of the City of Lock Haven’s Outdoor Movie Series is provided by Lock Haven Hospital.
To learn more about the City of Lock Haven’s Outdoor Movie Series, please visit: www.lockhavenpa.gov or contact Planning Office at 570-893-5903.