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She doesn't just show "her lower legs and shoes", she shows almost the entirety of her legs, including a significant portion of her bloomers: So yes, it is about modesty, but the maids don't just get upset because she's showing a bit of ankle, she's basically flashing her underwear at them. While singing a pro-suffrage protest song, no less.


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Times have changed. In Edwardian times the glimpse of a woman's ankle or stocking was considered shocking and verging on pornographic. TV Tropes explains.. In olden days a glimpse of stocking Was looked on as something shocking... —"Anything Goes" If a show has an episode set in the 1800s or early 1900s, or is referring to that era, expect mention ...


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As in many kids' movies, the world of the children is different from that of the adults. In this case, Mary comes across as a friendly-but-strict nanny to the adults. The children initially also see her this way, but they soon learn that she's a very interesting person. The "spoonful of sugar" scene helps illustrate this point. Mr Banks will really only ...


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There isn't any behind the scenes meaning of why Van Dyke played both roles. Van Dyke had lobbied Walt Disney for the part for some time before Disney acquiesced to allow him to play it. According to this article from the LA Times: Van Dyke had to cajole Walt Disney into giving him the part because Disney thought Van Dyke -- then in his 30s -- was too ...


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False Most sets from those days were either done on a studio backlot or inside a studio. As it were, Carroll Clark and William H. Tuntke were nominated for an Academy Award for Art Direction for their work on Mary Poppins, which was, in fact, shot entirely inside of a studio. When you're working indoors, and using the technology of the time, you have the ...


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The setting was of a far more modest time - these were things just not done in polite society - as stated in other answers. But also consider that this was made in a more "relaxed" 1964 (mini skirt era), looking back on the Edwardian period, and doing so in a light comedic tone. Not only would Mrs. Banks' actions be unlikely for anyone in the actual setting,...


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