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Dick Van Dyke

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Though probably most famous for TV's The Dick Van Dyke Show, this legendary comic also made some great movies, beginning his film career with musical comedies such as those with which he had begun his Broadway career, and later making forays into serious drama.

Dick Van Dyke began his movie career by reprising his Broadway role of Albert Peterson in Columbia's film adaptation of the stage musical BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963).  Co-starring Janet Leigh and Ann-Margret, the film was significantly altered from its stage roots, to Van Dyke's dismay, but the result is still entertaining although lacking much of the play's satirical edge.

Multimedia Clips from BYE BYE BIRDIE (1963):

Click here "Put on a Happy Face" with Janet Leigh (a .AVI file courtesy Columbia Pictures).
Click here"Put on a Happy Face" (clip) (a .MP3 file courtesy RCA).
Click here"Rosie" (clip) sung with  Janet Leigh (a .MP3 file courtesy RCA).

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In what was to become his most famous film, Van Dyke played Bert the Chimney Sweep in Walt Disney's classic family film MARY POPPINS (1964), starring Julie Andrews (having a Jolly Holiday with Van Dyke at left), as well as David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Elsa Lanchester, Reginald Owen, Arthur Treacher, Ed Wynn and Jane Darwell.  The film won five Academy Awards, including one for Best Song, "Chim Chim Cher-ee," sung by Van Dyke.

Click here"Chim Chim Cher-ee" (clip) sung with Julie Andrews (a .MP3 file courtesy The Walt Disney Company).

Van Dyke dancing on the rooftops of London with his fellow chimney sweeps and singing "Step in Time" in  MARY POPPINS (1964).

Click here"Supercalifragilisticexpiali-docious!" (clip) sung with Julie Andrews (a .AU file courtesy Rhino Records).

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Memorable Quotations:

  • "Indubitably." --as Bert in MARY POPPINS.
  • "Supercalifrajalisticexpialidocious!" --as Bert in MARY POPPINS.
  • "You'll find a slight squeeze on the hooter an excellent safety precaution, Miss Scrumptious." --as Caractacus Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

In another of his famous family films, Van Dyke played inventor Caractacus Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (1968), the story of a rejuvenated race car that takes on a life of it's own.  At left is at still of Van Dyke with Heather Ripley, Adrian Hall and the famous car.  Written by MARY POPPINS' songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman, CHITTY also stars Sally Ann Howes.

Multimedia Clips from CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG (1968):

Click here"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" (clip) (a .MP3 file courtesy MGM).
Click here"Me Ol' Bam-boo" (clip) (a .MP3 file courtesy MGM).
Click here "Original Theatrical Trailer" (a .MOV file courtesy MGM).
Click here "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" with Heather Ripley and Adrian Hall (a  .MOV file courtesy MGM).

(For help opening any of the above files, visit the plug-ins page.)

Filmography | News | Links | Downloads | Image Credits | His Address | MARY POPPINS


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