Monday, May 09, 2011

"There's the whole world at your feet"

From 1961 to 1966 (and ever since in reruns), "The Dick Van Dyke Show" was a jewel of comedy writing and acting, its loose-limbed namesake among the most likable stars ever on television. During that same brief period, Van Dyke played Bert in the movie "Mary Poppins," sidekick to Julie Andrews' practically perfect nanny. And it is Van Dyke's chimney sweep, looking out across the rooftops of London, who sums up the glory of the working stiff, a quiet moment and seditious sentiment that underpins "Mary Poppins":

"What did I tell ya? There's the whole world at your feet. And who gets to see it, but the birds, the stars and the chimney sweeps."

Above, Rose Marie, Morey Amsterdam, and Dick Van Dyke on the set of "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Favorite quote: Rose Marie asking, when first told to report to Desilu for a part in the new show, "What's a dick van dyke?"

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