The Banks by all appearances have the best of life. Mr. and Mrs. Banks (David Tomlinson and Glynis Johns) are living in Edwardian London in a very nice part of town. Their children Jane and Michael (Karen Dotrice and Matthew Garber) live a prim and proper life with their parents. You would think that they would be happy with all that money. Mr. Banks does quite well at work and is up for a promotion. He is a stickler for order and regimen in one's life. He actually runs things in his life and his families life like they were in the military.
Mrs. Banks talks her husband into hiring a nanny. He felt that with the Domestics (Hermione Baddeley, and Reta Shaw) that there would not be a need for anyone else in the house, but he goes along with the idea.
In comes Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) the new nanny. Now Mary Poppins is not the nanny that Mr. Banks cares for. She is happy. She can turn a frown upside right to a smile. Between her and her friend Bert (Dick Van Dyke) she turns the world of the Banks' upside down. They go to the park and get on the Merry-go-Round and take off with the Horses and gallop off into a horse race They fly over the rooftops of Old London and look down at the city in a very different way. They meet some of the nicest but strangest people that the children have ever seen. In other words, they are happy. Actually they are the happiest that they have ever been in their lives.
Mr. Banks is befuddled and amazed and astonished by all that is going on around his family. He finally does come around to see the world in a different light. Director Robert Stevenson turns this musical into one of the greatest films ever made. This memory from our childhood makes you look back at a time when all was innocent. This is a movie that when you start watching it you start singing the lines that you knew so long ago. Take a step back in time with your children and grandchildren and become a child again even if it is only for a couple of hours.