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Never Ever Just MaryDon DaGradi: "Good morning, Pamela!"
P.L. Travers: "It's so discomforting to hear a perfect stranger to use my first name. Mrs. Travers, please"
Don DaGradi: "I do… do apologize, Mrs. Travers. I'm Don DaGradi, the scriptwriter."
P.L. Travers: "Co-scriptwriter. I shall certainly be having my say, Mr. DrGradi."
Don DaGradi: "Uh, wonderful, I welcome your input."
P.L. Travers: "If indeed we ever sign off on the script"
Don DaGradi: "Right um, this is the rest of your team. This is Dick and Bob Sherman, music and lyrics. Boy, this is the one and only P.L. Travers, the creator of our beloved Mary."
P.L. Travers: "Poppins"
Don DaGradi: "Who else?"
P.L. Travers: "Never ever just Mary… Pleasure to meet you. I fear we shan't be acquainted for very long."
Robert Sherman: "Why is that?"
P.L. Travers: "Because these books simply do not lend themselves to chirping and prancing, no, certainly not a musical. Now where is Mr. Disney? I'd certainly like to get this started and finished as briskly as humanly possible. Perhaps someone could point me in his direction. That'd be super. Thank you."
Things do not start out on a good note when before the negotiations over Mary Poppins begin, one studio executive has mildly offended P.L. Travers. Regardless, she's ready to get down to business and meet with Walt Disney.
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Responstible Is Not a WordP.L. Travers: "No, no, no, no, no! 'Responstible' is not a word!"
Richard Sherman: "We made it up."
P.L. Travers: "Well, un-make it up."
Richard Sherman: [quickly hides sheet music to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"]
Creating the music for Mary Poppins is quite the challenge when the songwriters are pushing for whimsical tunes with made up words and P.L. Travers, the writer of the story, is not having any of that whatsoever.
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My Name Is Mrs. TraversWalt Disney: "Well, Pamela Travers, you can't imagine how excited I am to finally meet you."
P.L. Travers: "Would you mind my name is Mrs. Travers, Mr. Disney."
Walt Disney: "Walt now you gotta call me Walt."
As evident in their initial exchange, P.L. Travers and Walt Disney have very different levels of seriousness. To think that this would stop as the negotiations continue is foolish, in fact, that divide only intensifies.
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I Promised Them, PamWalt Disney: "Twenty years ago, I made a promise to my daughters that I would make your Mary Poppins fly off the pages of your books. I promised them, Pam."
Explaining the premise of the film, this segment shows Walt Disney telling P.L. Travers his intention to purchase the rights to her book Mary Poppins to make a film. This seems like an easy task but it is easier said than done.
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Mary Poppins Is Not for SaleP.L. Travers: "Stop! Mary Poppins is not for sale. I won't let her turn into one of your cartoons."
Walt Disney: "Says the woman who sent a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children."
P.L. Travers: "You think Mary Poppins has come to save the children. Oh dear."
Walt Disney: "Mrs. Travers, what am I missing here? I'm, wondering what I have to do to make you happy. You know, you've never been to Disneyland and it's the happiest place on earth."
P.L. Travers: "No, no, no please."
Walt Disney: "Well when does anyone get to go to Disneyland with Walt Disney himself?"
Frustrated by their desires to make the film cartoonish and flowery, P.L. Travers breaks down and declares the story not for sale. Walt Disney is however determined to understand the story and get the rights so he takes her somewhere to butter her up, Disneyland.
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It SmellsRalph: "Welcome, Mrs. P.L. Travers, to the City of Angels."
P.L. Travers: "It smells... of…"
P.L. Travers: "Chlorine, and sweat"
As the story begins, Ralph picks up P.L. Travers from the airport to begin her visit from England to Los Angeles to speak with Walt Disney about licensing her story, Mary Poppins, for a film. The smell is just one of several cultural shocks she faces along the way.
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