The Best Prom Scenes from the Best Prom Movies

As it’s prom season, and we love a good prom almost as much as a good movie, we thought we’d combine our two favourite things, creating a list of the best prom scenes from the very best prom based movies.

Everything from horror and fashion fails, to important messages and personal breakthrough moments, we’ve covered it all.

Carrie – The Blood Prom Scene

We had to start our list off with a truly terrifying, yet utterly unforgettable prom scene. This is the one from horror movie epic, Carrie.

After being crowned Prom queen in a cruel prank, Carrie gets soaked in pigs’ blood on stage.

Her rage makes her believe the entire school hall has erupted with laughter and Carrie snaps. Using her telekinesis to lock all the exits to the hall, trapping the pranksters and the rest of the school inside, she kills every one.

American Pie – Jim’s Monologue Prom Scene

After spending an entire movie trying to have sex, the gang from American Pie are at a pivotal moment at prom. Realising that the stress and pressure they’ve put on themselves just wasn’t worth it.

“You know what, I am so sick and tired of all this bullsh*t pressure. I mean, I haven’t even had sex and already, I can’t stand it. I hate sex! I’m not gonna stand around here busting my balls over something that….quite frankly isn’t that damn important. Now I’m gonna go hang out with that geek over there because at least SHE has something else to talk about BESIDES SEX. Goddamn!” JIM GOLDSTEIN.

And we know how the rest goes. Jim marries “that geek” and they live happily ever after.

She’s All That – The Best Routine Prom Scene

Apart from the sickening storyline of She’s All That, the prom scene featuring baby Usher and a really lil, Lil Kim is up there with our pick of the very best prom scenes ever.

The reason for the appearance of the perfectly choreographed routine was simply a case of the director’s love of dance, and the producer having a brother who just happened to be a choreographer.

It’s not what you know but who, right?

Back to the Future – Inventing Rock and Roll Prom Scene

After travelling back in time to his mother and fathers high school years, Marty McFly takes the opportunity to wow the crowds by inventing rock n’ roll in Back to The Future.

Of course, another memorable, yet disturbing moment from this movie is the stomach-wrenching moment when Marty’s mom comes onto her future son, kissing him after a few cheeky drinks.

Eeeeew!

Twilight – Love Behind the Scenes Prom Scene

Perhaps one of the most glamourous prom scenes in movie history, Twilight has it all. Beautiful vampires, moody music, overly passionate discussions of darkness and death.

The best thing we discovered about the prom scene in Twilight though, is what happened behind the scenes.

“It was the end of the shoot, and we were all so close and not wanting to go home yet. That’s the one scene I look at and always start crying,” Kristen explains. “And I’m not a bit embarrassed about it.”

Remember when R-Pat and K-Stew were once a thing, for real, well at the time she was asked which scene was her favourite from the movie franchise, she chose the prom scene.

For various mushy reasons of course.

10 Things I Hate About You – Sucker Punch Prom Scene

An insanely complex plot for a teen movie, based on the Shakespearean play The Taming of the Shrew, with a fantastic prom scene that showcases a little female empowerment.

After a lot of big reveals, the instigator who hurt so many people throughout the whole movie gets his comeuppance, receiving two punches to the nose and a kick to the groin as punishment for his indiscretions.

Never Been Kissed – Dog Food Queens Prom Scene

After being cruelly tricked at her own prom, Josie “Grossy” Geller gets a chance to live the perfect prom all over again in Never Been Kissed. 

All is going well until she sees another girl about to become the butt of a cruel joke.

In a stroke of conscience, Josie foils the prank and three “prettiest girls” in school are showered in dog food.

Jaw Breaker – The Meltdown Prom Scene

After a birthday prank between three cliquey friends goes wrong with one of them ending up dead, a spiral of lies and deceit unfolds with Courtney (Rose McGowan) as the ringleader.

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This is All American high school movie has a disturbing dark side that culminates in one of the most amazing prom scenes of all time.

Courtney and her accomplices are discovered and her meltdown at prom is what put Jawbreaker on our list.

Grease – Cha-Cha Steals the Prom Scene

The main characters from Grease may be the ones we all remember but the prom scene that stands out among our list is when sassy dancer Cha-Cha busts out the moves with old partner Danny Zucko.

Poor Sandy, we know but, she really is the “best dancer at St Bernadette’s” even if she does have “the worse reputation”.

Teen Wolf – Fight Prom Scene

Another moment when the bad guy gets a walloping makes Teen Wolf one of the best movies with the best prom scene.

Let’s face it Michael J. Fox is a prom, scene-stealing King.

Napoleon Dynamite – So Wrong Its Right Prom Scene

We love Napoleon Dynamite for its cringe-worthy awkwardness, that’s why we’d expect nothing less than the hardest to watch prom scene ever to come out of this movie.

From stiff as a board dance moves, lingering too long looks in the eyes and some of the gaudiest fashion choices ever made on film, this prom scene is so wrong its just right.

Pretty in Pink – That Dress Prom Scene

Fashion fails are our favourite, and one that tops the list is the ghastly Pretty in Pink ensemble that aspiring “fashion designer” Andie creates for prom.

This dress truly does steal the entire prom scene, regardless of which ending writers went with (there were two) it’s not the storyline of the movie but that dress that audiences will remember forever.

Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion – Threesome Dance Prom Scene

Following a miserable time in high school and a largely unsuccessful few years after, Romy and Michelle are determined to turn their high school dance memories around.

Their plot backfires, of course, until they are saved by an equally geeky guy who happens to have become a billionaire.

Their three-way dance is the stuff of legend and, although technically not a prom scene, there are high school alumni present so we’re going to include it.

Prom Night – Jamie Lee Saves the Day Prom Scene

Not the only thing that we love from the original Prom Night (check out Jamie Lee’s dance moves)

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But without a doubt, one of the greatest prom scenes of all time is when Jamie Lee Curtis, the first lady of slasher movies, takes out the bad guy with an axe to the face.

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Footloose – The Final Dance Scene

After arriving in the sleepy town of Bomont Utah, Ren McCormack played by Kevin Bacon, discovers music and dancing have been banned. A decision made after a town authority’s son died in a car crash, coming home from a night of dancing.

The final dance of the film at senior prom is a culmination of all the storylines, showing the joy dancing can bring to both the young and old.

Plus, we simply adore Bacon’s moves throughout this entire movie.

Mean Girls – Crown Breaking Scene

Straying away from the silly and scary, we’ve picked the prom scene from Mean Girls because of its inclusive and moving crowning moment.

When Cady is crowned Prom Queen but instead of taking the crown for herself, she breaks it into pieces and shares it amongst the crowd.

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A gesture that demonstrated her personal growth and acceptance of self. A touching moment indeed.

Lady Bird – Best Friend Date Prom Scene

An amazing coming of age movie, Lady Bird highlights the struggles a young girl faces, trying to escape the confines of the small town she’s grown up in.

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After working her way through the usual “hot boy” suspects for potential prom dates, Lady Bird realises it’s her best friend who she’d like to mark the special occasion with.

The two-attend prom together and dance . . . and then we cry.

Not Another Teen Movie – Another Routine Prom Scene

Who knew there were so many prom scenes that involved perfectly choreographed dance routines?

This one, a spoof of all the top teen movies of our time, wraps things up with a montage song of all the characters getting ready to go to prom.

High School Musical 3 – Zac Efron’s Crotch Prom Scene

More dancing but this time its not the carefully choreographed routine that caught our eye.

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It’s the sight of heartthrob Zac Efron, thrusting his crotch at the camera every given moment.

Down Boy! You’re still in high school!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer – Hilary Swank Gets Knocked Out Prom Scene

Okay so technically not a prom, but the “last dance of their last year” turns into a blood bath when several seniors turn Vampire and crash the party.

We love how, after the Vampires have their way and Buffy returns for the big climax and one of the cliquey girls, played by Hilary Swank, is knocked out by the principal.

As Prom season approaches, we encourage you to enjoy every moment and make the most of the simpler years of your life. Things only get harder from here on in, as these top prom scenes show, it’s not all plain sailing after high school and college either.

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The Best Daddy Movie Moments of All Time

As we get closer and closer to father’s day we take a look back at some of the very greatest daddy movie moments of all time.

Our selection features everything from comedy gold to the tear-jerking and terrifying, showing us as many a father will tell you, it’s not easy being a dad.

Darth Vader – Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

No daddy movie blog would be complete without including the biggest cinematic reveal of all time.

After battling his way through the galaxy, helping the rebels and training to become the greatest Jedi that ever-lived, Luke Skywalker’s world was torn apart by one timeless and unforgettable line.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: “Luke. . . I am your father!”

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George Banks – Father of the Bride

The ultimate daddy movie moment of all time is basically the entire script of Father of The Bride.

Watching the loveable, yet clueless, George Banks lose his mind slowly throughout the film is daddy movie gold.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The father-daughter game of hoops in the family home, before Annie’s wedding. Sob.

Indiana Jones – The Last Crusade

You wouldn’t think a man like Indy had to worry about proving himself to anyone, but in Indiana Jones The Last Crusade, we watch him squirm trying to impress his dear old dad.

Who could compare to Sean Connery though, right? It’s rumoured that Connery only accepted the role if his character could be bigger and better than Indy’s. He told Spielberg;

“whatever Indy’s done my character has done and my character has done it better”

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Indy realises he and his father slept with the same woman.

Ew! That’s a father-son rivalry if ever we’ve seen one.

Chris Gardener – The Pursuit of Happyness

From funny daddy movies to the most heart-wrenching one you’ll ever see. This epic biographical film shows us what one man can, and will do for his child.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Chris realises, he is crushing the dreams of his son

“Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it.”

Very inspiring stuff.

Bryan Mills – Taken

Now every father knows he would go the ends of the earth and back for his children so, when Bryan Mills’ daughter is taken, he literally traverses the globe to find her.

Leaving a path of bloody destruction in his wake.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: when Mills talks to his daughters’ kidnappers.

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Chilling.

Noah Levenstein – the American Pie’s

Jim’s dad, what a guy. Always ready to take on every parenting situation with gusto and a sage bit of advice.

In the first American Pie, Jim listens to his dad’s life experiences cringing but, by the end of the franchise he realises his dad’s wise words have helped shape who he is, and it’s all “perfectly normal”.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Jim’s dad explaining all the different types of lad mags there are in the world, in great detail.

Rick O’Connell – The Mummy Returns

When your mum is a reincarnated Egyptian princess and your dads a warrior for god, things are bound to get a bit hairy from time to time.

However, facing life-threatening situations on the regular is a walk in the park for Rick O’Connell, action dad extraordinaire.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: O’Connell sprinting across a lost oasis, son in tow, to save him from being sucked to death by a cursed bracelet.

Peter, Jack and Steve – Three Men and a Baby

Perhaps the most classic daddy movie ever made, Three Men and a Baby lets us see how three very different guys would go about handling fatherhood.

Regardless of their own life-skills, each guy struggles in different ways, highlighting just how challenging one little baby girl can be.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When the guys all sing the baby’s goodnight song in perfect harmony.

Harry, Sam and Bill – Mamma Mia

Another threesome of father figures in this next amazing daddy movie.

Technically Mamma Mia showcases some of the best mom movie moments, but we have to give props to the father figures that are really the focus of the film.

Each one of the dads in Mamma Mia makes up a part of Sophie’s character, making it impossible to know which her biological father is.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When they all stand up in church to give Sophie away, each one accepting a portion of their potential daughter.

Michael Newman – Click

Not many Adam Sandler movies can make us laugh as hard as we cry but, Click is one of those rare films that does both.

We laughed hard when Sandler mounted his bosses’ desk to break wind his face, but we teared up when he runs into the road in the rain after his kids and collapses.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The ending. We can’t tell you though, because it’s a spoiler!

Mufasa – The Lion King

The ultimate must-see daddy movie, The Lion King, showcases a father-son relationship cut short.

In one of the most saddening Disney movie scenes ever, Simba finds his dad, at the bottom of the ravine after being trampled by a wildebeest stampede.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Mufasa gives Simba a noogie and they play in the grass, before having the talk about the kings of the past.

That’s heartwarming stuff right there.

Dr Evil – Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

After freezing his “little soldiers” before his last trip into space, Dr Evil’s team of loyal henchman created an heir to his empire, in case he should not return.

Of course, that heir turned out to be a petulant teenager with some serious daddy abandonment issues.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Dr Evil tries to relate to his son doing what we can only assume is the Macarena?

Dr Harvey – Casper

Not one you’d think of right away, but the dad in Casper is a pretty good example of a fabulous father . . . eventually.

Let’s be fair, a skint single dad, raising his daughter whilst searching for the lost soul of his deceased wife. That’s a tough job if you ask us.

Throw in a couple of mischievous spectres and you some of the biggest fatherhood challenges known to man.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cat’s dad suggests making her Halloween costume! Aw cute and clueless at the same time.

Daniel Hillard – Mrs Doubtfire

And the best dad from any daddy movie ever made goes to, Daniel Hillard (aka Robin Williams) in Mrs Doubtfire.

We don’t know any man who would dress up in drag daily, heels and all, just to spend more time with his kids.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: Dancing on the table at the house party that breaks the marriage.

Jack Byrnes – Meet the Parents

There’s always been a sense of dread when it comes to meeting your other halves parents, none more deserved than when Greg Focker meet the parents of Pam.

Robert De Niro’s character, Jack Byrnes, is by far the most intimidating father figures in all movie history. Giving Don Corleone a run for his money.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: The lie detector. Who doesn’t see their own dad doing this if they could?

Papa – A Little Princess

Another weepy one now, but perhaps the greatest daughter and daddy movie ever made.

When little Sarah has to enrol in Ms Minchin’s boarding school for girls, she struggles to let her papa go to war, as would any young girl.

The real pain and anguish come through when her father goes MIA and Sarah is forced into servitude.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sarah’s father returns to the school to adopt Sarah’s friend, the other servant girl, Becky. Gush.

Charlie Swan – Twilight Franchise

As far as understanding fathers go, Charlie Swan is the winner in our eyes.

Who else would put up with Bella’s sad face for the first three movies for one.

And two, how cool do you have to be to see a werewolf materialise before you and not run screaming for the hills?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The wedding speech when Charlie warns Edward subtly that because he’s a cop he knows how to hunt someone to the ends of the earth.

Forest – Forest Gump

An obvious epic, and one with so many amazing relationships throughout. But none are more touching than that of big and little Forest.

It’s hard to see when watching Forest Gump, a happy ending to such an emotional rollercoaster of a film, but when Forest finds out he’s a daddy, it’s the cherry on the cake.

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Our favourite daddy movie moment: When big Forest learns little Forest is his son and the first thing he asks is “Is he smart?”. Pass us the tissues.

Sonny – Big Daddy

Another Sandler special now, this time with fewer tears and more laughs. A real feel-good film, Big Daddy watches one man become a responsible father against all the odds.

Raising 5-year-old orphan, Julian, as his own, Sandler imparts all his wisdom and some of his worst habits onto the child. Along the way turning his, and Julian’s lives around.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Sandler teaches the kid how to apply a sleeper hold.

Essential parenting 101 if you ask us

Marlin – Finding Nemo

It’s not every father that would take on three sharks, ride sea turtles, swim through an army of jellyfish and get swallowed by a whale to find their son, but it didn’t stop Marlin.

This Pixar sensation showcases the struggles every parent faces when it comes to safeguarding their kids.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Marlin’s desperation to tell Nemo how old sea turtles are whilst stuck inside a whale.

George Banks – Mary Poppins

Now we know George Banks in Mary Poppins isn’t the most popular father figure, but he’s got a few things going for him.

He obviously provides well for his family, I mean check out that swanky London manor house on Cherry Tree Lane, and of course he loves to fly a kite, what more could you need from your dad?

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Convincing himself, and his wife, that he successfully hired the greatest a nanny of all time when in actual fact Mary Poppins simply hired herself.

Brad – Daddy’s Home

Stepparents usually get a bad rep in movies, but Daddy’s Home turns all that around, making Brad (Will Ferrell) the responsible, “boring” stepdad the hero in the end.

Trying to live up to his wife’s ex, played by Mark Walberg to win the kids approval, Brad falls hard and often with some hilarious consequences.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: The motorcycle scene where Ferrell almost runs over the kids, ends up lodged in a wall and Wahlberg uses it the whole thing as a teachable moment.

Bernie Focker – Meet the Fockers

The sequel to Meet the Parents introduces us to Greg’s parents and we simply adore Bernie Focker as a father.

Believing in showering his son with as much love as possible, Bernie is the total opposite to Pam’s father Jack and we couldn’t love him more for it.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: Trying to up his macho, for Greg’s sake, Bernie tackles Jack in a family football game almost breaking his back. The victory dance is what really makes this scene pop.

Nigel  Powers – Austin Powers: Gold Member

Michael Cane really is the daddy of all British actors and, when he made an appearance as Powers’ dad, Nigel in Gold Member, we were ready for some cinematic gold.

Throughout the film, the daddy movie moments come in thick and fast, from Austin’s obvious rivalry with his dashing dad to the cockney rhyming convo the pair have during Nigel’s rescue.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Nigel reveals he is also Dr Evil’s father and that his real name is Douggie.

Georg von Trapp – Sound Of Music

Another pretty poor example of a father figure makes an appearance in Sound of Music, and if we’re honest we feel for the Von Trapp children and their sad excuse for childhoods.

The turnaround Georg Von Trapp makes from being, Cpt to father is astonishing, and all of it done with the help of a song and a wonderful woman.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: When Cpt von Trapp picks up his guitar and belts out a heartfelt rendition of Edelweiss.

Don Corleone – The Godfather

The head of the family, the daddy of all daddy’s, Don Corleone has the final spot on our best daddy movie moments.

And why not he certainly earned it, building himself a criminal empire and inspiring fear in those he commanded he’s also responsible for some of the greatest daddy movie lines of all time.

Our favourite daddy movie moment: 

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All these amazing daddy movie moments are our tribute to fathers everywhere, just in time for fathers day.

Why not treat your dad to a city break in Liverpool?

You could book a delicious daddy’s day meal in Alma de Cuba where he can enjoy a tasty Sunday roast dinner and live entertainment provided by a gifted gospel choir.

Arthouse Hotel is the best place to stay at the heart of the city, ideal for taking your dad out for a night on the town.

Check out some of the best real ale bars in Liverpool on a real ale trail or simply let him relax in peace this father’s day at Arthouse Hotel.

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Mulholland Singing Diner to Host Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party

“There is a place like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery and danger! Some say, to survive it you need to be mad as a hatter. Which luckily I am”

Time to tumble down the rabbit hole and follow the White Rabbit all the way to Mulholland Singing Diner, where he’ll be joining a colourful cast of Wonderland characters at the Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party.

You’ve Not Gone Mad . . . Yet

At Mulholland Singing Diner we’re turning our world topsy, turvy for an amazing afternoon tea party hosted by our very own Madhatter.

Enter an enchanting venue, where a world of wonders awaits and bring the whole family together. There’s room for everyone.

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We’re inviting you all in to be as mad as you like, whilst enjoying the company of the Hatter and all his friends. There’ll be fun themed games and the chance to enjoy all the best bits of Wonderland, in one whacky afternoon of interactive activities.

Best of all your ticket to this extraordinary tea party includes a selection of specially made sandwiches, crazy cakes and perfect little pastries and of course plenty of tea.

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There’ll be live performances from our talented Mulholland cast of singing waiters, giving you all the chance to sing-along with your favourite tea party songs.

At Mulholland Singing Diner we want to bring the marvellous world of movies to life, and do so each and every day we open our doors.

Book your tickets to the Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party for kids and enjoy an exciting afternoon that you and the family will never forget.

Prices start at just £14.95 per child and £24.95 per adult plus booking fees.

Other exciting regular events hosted at Mulholland Singing Diner include our spectacular Disney Sunday Brunch and a Dirty Dancing Bottomless Brunch. Both of which use the magic of the movies as inspiration for amazing Liverpool events hosted in the city’s first singing diner.

We all love to escape to the movies, and you can too, live and in person, at Mulholland Singing Diner.

Stay the Night in Our Own Movie Wonderland

After you’ve enjoyed all the whimsy in Wonderland at our Madhatters Afternoon Tea Party, why not book to stay in any of the other magical musical movie rooms in Arthouse Hotel?

Our musical floor boasts a huge collection of movie-themed rooms inspired by all the classic musicals of our time.

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Pop down the chimney for a stay in the Mary Poppins room, follow the Yellow Brick Road to Oz in our Wizard of Oz room or stay to see if the hills really are alive with the Sound of Music.

Check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers, built for the whole family to stay the night in Arthouse Hotel. Book yourselves seats at the greatest afternoon tea party for kids in Liverpool coming to Mulholland Singing Diner soon and enjoy some quality time together celebrating some of the greatest movies of our time

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What Did the Best High School Movies of All Time Teach Us (If Anything)?

For some, high school (or secondary school as it’s known this side of the pond) is a terrifying prospect but, watching some of the best high school movies of all time can make it seem like a super exciting adventure.

But what, if anything, did these movies actually teach us?

We take a look at the top high school movies of our time, to see if they set us up for disappointment or actually delivered any worthwhile life lessons.

Grease

As we look forward to the prequel of Grease, a short four decades down the line from the first movie premiere, we wonder exactly what did the pupils and teachers of Rydell High teach us?

First, we learn that you can be 28 and still play an eighteen-year-old in American high school movies!

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Olivia Newton-John was closer to thirty than twenty when filming began, but she certainly wasn’t the oldest. In fact, it was the actor that played Rizzo, Stockard Channing, who was 33 when filming began.

Secondly, Grease taught us that high school can change a person. Rather controversially telling us that giving in to peer pressure is the best and most fun way of getting through high school.

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Sandy’s transformation from the wholesome, clean-cut Sandra Dee into a lycra, leather-clad vixen makes us think that good girls never get what they want.

A far cry from the messages we want to instil in the young women of today.

American Pie

A few valuable life lessons came out of this one, but the three most important are;

#1 Never get frisky with fruit pies or any baked good for that matter

#2 Webcams are a bad idea!

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#3 Highschool boys have only one thing on their mind

This high school movie is certainly one that shows us many social traps that the modern student can fall into.

At the end of the day, if we take anything from American Pie, it’s that your friends will always encourage you to do the stupidest things you will ever do in your life.

Mean Girls

An amazing high school movie that helped shape pop culture as we know it, Mean Girls paints a horrifying picture of what high school can be like if you don’t fit in with the “in” crowd.

But what did Mean Girls actually teach us?

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Well, aside from that we certainly get a glimpse of what to expect when it comes to high school hierarchy. Through this, we are shown how easy it is to manipulate those around you, enter three-way phone calls and well-placed candy canes.

But, the most important message that comes out of all those first-year social tortures is that it’s only a year and you have another few years in school to find out where you fit in.

Clueless

A true ode to the 90s, Clueless gave us mere mortals an idea of what it was like to grow up Beverly Hills.

This modern high school movie classic was actually loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma and shows us that even the best intentions can end with ghastly consequences.

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Cher sees herself as a gifted matchmaker, who only has other’s best intentions at heart, but being forever focused on self-promotion, she loses sight of what real friendship and kindness is.

Clueless makes us understand that, whilst we all would like a friend like Cher, we need to follow our own judgement and not let others choose our paths for us.

The Breakfast Club

One of the greatest lessons ever taught in a high school movie can be learned by watching The Breakfast Club.

Set in day-long detention, a group of five are flung together, all from different social groups. A jock, a geek, a preppy girl, an outcast and a rebel begin to bond and share their experiences both at home and in school.

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The group learn that no matter which group you fit into, or where you came from, your life problems are usually similar.

So far ahead of its time, the message of equality is powerful in The Breakfast Club and certainly shows us what it would be like if we all let go of our prejudice.

High School Musical

A phenomenon that swept the globe back in 2006, High School Musical gave young people everywhere the hope that they could simply sing their way through school.

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The biggest high school movie of the year raked 7.7 million views at its premiere and the soundtrack quickly climbed the charts too.

Thankfully, there was an important message underneath all the white teeth and wholesomeness that encouraged viewers to embrace their dreams and look after their friend’s wishes.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

It may not seem like it to many a high school student, but school is only a small portion of life, and believe it or not, probably the best bit.

Although not a great scholastic lesson, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off shows us that sometimes taking a risk will pay off.

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Playing truant by faking illness, Ferris has the time of his life, driving a fancy sports car and becoming a temporary rock star.

The message that this high school movie delivers is to seize the day, an important one that we all forget from time to time.

Never Been Kissed

Proof that life usually doesn’t get much better after high school, Never Been Kissed is a fantastic example of how unimportant social acceptance is in school when it comes to finding happiness and success in later life.

The story of Josie Grossy is heartbreaking and her high school experiences go on to shape and restrict her adult life.

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Despite becoming a success, Josie never gets over how she was treated in high school and when she goes back to school as an undercover reporter, she’s determined not to make the same mistakes again.

Never Been Kissed teaches us that life at the top isn’t always so rosy and in order to get there, you have to sacrifice your morals and integrity.

In short, this high school movie lets us know everything will work out okay in the end, if we are true to who we are.

Carrie

A seriously terrifying high school movie that warns us all of the effects bullying can have, Carrie is a chilling film adaption of Stephen King’s first ever published novel.

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Taking us along on the high school journey of a sheltered young girl, who faces serious issues at home as well as in school, Carrie gives us an understanding of a bully victim’s world and the hardships they face. When poor Carrie falls victim to a bully’s revenge, things take a turn for the worse and the whole town pays.

Carrie might be overkill, literally, but the message is simple, bullies are horrible human beings who always get their just desserts.

Bring It On

On a lighter and much cheerier note, Bring It On is one of those high school movies that helps celebrate the underdog and makes us want to be a cheerleader along the way.

At its heart, Bring It On celebrates honesty, integrity and a determination to do the right thing.

When lead character, Torrance, inherits the captainship of her school’s award-winning cheer squad, she realises her entire cheer-career has been a lie.

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To change it she needs to alter her approach to life and, with the help of LA transfer student Missy, Torrance embarks on a journey of self-discovery and personal improvement.

A real feel-good high school movie, with an amazing soundtrack, Bring It On is certainly one of our favourites.

Superbad

The best and super-baddest of all our high school movies, Superbad teaches us many life lessons. All of which are brought to us through a hilarious and unlikely set of coincidental scenarios.

At the end of the movie we know that cops are people too, you should always look both ways before crossing the road, and good decisions are never made under the influence of alcohol.

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Superbad is one of the greatest high school movies ever made, despite mainly being set outside of school grounds.

At Arthouse Hotel we’re mad about movies and enjoy schooling our audiences about some of the best out there.

So, if you love movies as much as we do, check out some of our fun film facts based on some of our most popular movie-themed hotel suites.

Read all about the Weird and Frightening Facts About the Wizard of Oz or the Unknown and Bizarre Mary Poppins Facts we unearthed. 

Call now and book your stay at Arthouse Hotel on 0151 236 0166 or check out some of our amazing accommodation offers for group and weekend breaks in Liverpool.

Welcome to Our Singing Waiter Dinner Shows in Liverpool

Looking for exciting new dinner shows in Liverpool then Mulholland Bar can deliver with our latest and greatest leap forward in food service.

We’ve combined the musical talents of gifted individuals with fantastic food and delicious drink for people in Liverpool to enjoy a truly spectacular dining experience.

Welcome to Mulholland Bar’s Singing Waiters

Bringing something new and exciting to the table, literally, Mulholland Bar has assembled a cast of singing waiters to serve up their delicious and unique movie-themed dishes.

So, when dining at Mullholland Bar you can order a plate of rainbow coloured nacho’s and a Spice Girl Pizza and on the side, you’ll get a rendition of a well-known power ballad or a showstopping Disney chorus.

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We wanted to spice up dinner shows in Liverpool with more than just flavours and ingredients and decided to add a dash of theatrical flair to the menu as well.

Now you can enjoy a slice of pizza topped with a classic song or show tune too.

Where is Mulholland You Ask?

Forming part of Liverpool’s popular nightlife district, the Ropewalks, Mulholland Bar is at home nestled between some of the city’s most exciting clubs and bars.

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On a night out in Liverpool, you simply can’t miss all the action at this end of town that promises to deliver a one of a kind nightlife experience any time of the year.

Located underneath Liverpool’s top movie-themed hotel, Arthouse, Mulholland Bar has a retro Hollywood style which encapsulates the bygone era of magical movie making.

With stars from the silver screen gracing the décor and inspiring the creative cocktail menu too.

Why Not Stay the Night?

Make Mulholland Bar the first stop at the beginning of your night in Liverpool by booking any of the fabulous movie-themed group accommodation at Arthouse Hotel.

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Choose from a wide selection of movie genres including rooms from the thrilling Alfred Hitchcock floor inspired by his classic masterpieces Birds and Vertigo.

Or perhaps accommodation from the enchanting musicals floor might be more to your taste. In that case, choose from rooms themed around all our favourite musical greats from Mary Poppins to Chicago.

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The final themed floor at Arthouse Hotel has been outfitted to honour some of the great works of Andy Warhol including his racy movie Chelsea Girls and the popular Marilyn Monroe Pop Art piece that gained him notoriety long after his death.

All the rooms in Arthouse Hotel perfectly compliment Mulholland Bar’s film theme and are the perfect places to stay when attending what are set to be the most spectacular dinner shows in Liverpool yet!

Book Now!

Perfect for your most special events including hen parties, special birthday celebrations or simply a fantastic night out on the town with friends our Mulholland Singing Waiter dinner shows in Liverpool are not to be missed.

Call 0151 305 7900 for more information and to arrange an overnight stay in Liverpool’s most creative movie-themed hotel call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.

50 Fun, Weird and Frightening Facts About the Wizard Of Oz

At Arthouse Hotel, our fabulous film themed rooms bring all the magic of the movies from the big screen to your luxury suite, so you can enjoy a one of a kind hotel experience in Liverpool.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most marvellously magical movies of all time and it comes as no surprise that there is plenty of fun, weird and fairly frightening facts about the making of such a fantastic movie.

Here we look into some of the movies most bizarre facts that will help you see the most magical musical movie in a whole new light.

When Special Effects Win and Fail

#1 The superb scientific special effect liquid used for the Tin Man’s oil was, in fact, chocolate syrup!

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No wonder he looks so happy after being oiled. Yummy.

#2 Actress Billie Burke, who played Glinda The Good Witch, was 18 years older than the actress who played her foe The Wicked Witch

 

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The Good Witch got her some very good genes.

#3 More superb special effects here, as the terrifying tornado sweeps towards Dorothy’s home.

Not the extreme act of nature you think, but actually an old stocking being whipped around in a pile of dirt and dust!

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In fact, if you look close enough you can see the hand twirling the stocking!

#4 Following the yellow brick road proved quite difficult as it appeared green after the technicolour effect was applied and therefore had to be repainted

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‘Follow the slightly Greenish-Yellowy Brick Road’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?

#5 The Poppy field through which the cast skip merrily through was made by hand by 22 people who handcrafted 40,000 individual Poppies.

It’s all in the details.

#6 The brightly coloured horses in the Emerald city where dyed using Jello or gelatin, even though the movie would be filmed in black and white and the technicolour process later applied.

The technique worked really well except the horses proceeded to lick most of the Jello off themselves in between takes, so fresh coats had to be reapplied.

#7 When the Wicked Witch goes to take Dorothy’s slippers, the sparks that fly out are actually sprays of apple juice sped up with clever camera trickery

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We don’t know about you but that looks like some seriously potent apple juice.

The Famous Ruby Slippers

#8 The Ruby Slippers were replicated in 1989 for the movies 50th birthday and weren’t cheap either coming in at $3 million.

#9 In the original story, Dorothy’s slippers were silver but, to make better use of the new-fangled colour filming process, the studio turned them ruby red instead.

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#10 So many people come to see the Ruby Slippers at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C, that the carpet needs to be regularly replaced due to wear and tear.

#11 Last year in 2017 the slippers were removed from display to undergo, what experts are calling “an in-depth conservation assessment and treatment” or a fancy trip to the cobblers.

#12 Funds to carry out the treatment and to create a new display were raised on Kickstarter. It’s rumoured that Leonardo Di Caprio and Steven Spielberg contributed in excess of $3 million between them. Now that is one expensive shoe habit.

What is Health and Safety?

#13 Health and safety went flying out the window here, as the soft white snow drifting dreamily over the sleepy characters was actually made from notoriously poisonous asbestos.

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No wonder Dorothy looks a little red-eyed in this clip.

#14 Actors also complained about the harsh lighting used during filming, brighter because of the technicolour process, it ended up permanently damaging their eyes.

Ah! Bright lights, bright lights.

#15 Finding people to play flying monkeys became quite difficult as many of the actors fell several feet due to the supporting wires snapping.

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Perhaps they shouldn’t have been monkeying around.

#16 As well as the excessive bright light, the lamps caused the temperature to reach 100 degrees during filming. This became a small problem for one male actor, and two crew members thanks to his less than breathable costume, see fact #19, Eeeeew.

The Cost of Perfection

#17 The Cowardly Lions costume was made of real lion skin, we think PETA might have something to say about that today!

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#18 . . . and it weighed 100 pounds. Must’ve been a big bloody Lion!

#19 What’s more, the genuine Lion skin smelled terrible thanks to the extreme heat caused by the technicolour lamps, combined with the heavyweight this made the Cowardly Lion actor sweat profusely.

Two people were employed round the clock to dry out the costume after filming wrapped each day. There’s no business like show business!

#20 Judy Garland was considered too plump to play such a young girl at the time of filming The Wizard of Oz and she was therefore cinched into a super tight corset.

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After all, pain is beauty, apparently.

#21 A ridiculous sum of money was spent on filming Wizard of Oz, a total of $2.7 million (approximately $45.6 million today)

MGM made it rain all day for the Wizard of Oz which was initially a huge box office flop.

It Wasn’t Easy Being Green

#22 The Wicked Witch used to teach America’s equivalent to Reception before becoming an actress.

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. . . imagine that being the first face you saw when starting school.

#23 At one point the Wicked Witch, when vanishing in a cloud of smoke, was severely burned as her bright green make-up was flammable.

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She refused to complete any more scenes in the film that involved fire. Can you blame her?

#24 The green make-up used to colour the wicked witch was copper-based and poisonous, the poor women playing her couldn’t eat when in costume, she survived on a purely liquid diet.

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That’s dedication to a role.

#25 The Wicked Witch was so scary that she even had scenes that were deemed too frightening for children and were therefore cut out of the movie.

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This poor woman really did put up with a lot for a film role, surely teaching wasn’t that bad?

There’s No Business Like Show Business

#26 The Scarecrows Face was made up of early prosthetics that left grooves in the actor’s face.

They supposedly took a year to completely disappear.

#27 Famous Actor of the time Beverly Hillbillies, Buddy Ebsen, was cast as the Tin Man but had a severe allergic reaction to the silver body paint.

#28 The same silver make-up reportedly gave the Tin Man actor a serious eye infection.

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#29 Nothing is thrown away at MGM and the proof is in the pudding as the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball made its first appearance in The Mask of Fu Manchu. A 1932 movie about the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb.

#30 Even the Good Witch Glinda’s shimmering ballgown was reused from the movie San Francisco.

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MGM were thrifty when they wanted to be.

The Real Star Of The Movie

#31 Judy wanted to keep Terry, the dog who played Toto, but Terry’s owner refused and quite rightly too, get your own dog, Judy!

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#32 The poor little puppy even sustained injury when a crew member trod on her foot breaking it.

#33 Terry, the dog was also scared of the steam that came out of the Tin Man’s hat.

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#34 and she earned more than The Munchkins, but they most likely didn’t care as its rumoured many of them took the job to escape a Nazi-occupied Europe.

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More About The Munchkins

#35 In fact, The Munchkins got a bit of a bum deal and instead of being recognised as individual people, they are represented as one entity with one Walk of Fame Star between all 124 of them.

#36 Judy Garland even named her Oscar Juvenile Award the Munchkin award! The cheek.

#37 One of the Munchkins was a licensed pilot who served during WWII.

#38 The Munchkins were actually rumoured to be quite unruly on and offset, often throwing wild parties and drinking heavily whilst filming their scenes.

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Well, they didn’t get a lot else from the world famous movie so why not?

A Little About The Author

#39 The author of the Wizard of Oz, L.Baum, used to breed special chickens.

#40 The world of Oz was named so by the incredibly creative author, whose inspiration was . . . wait for it . . . a filing cabinet label O-Z!

#41 It’s all in the details as The Wicked Witches death certificate is dated exactly 20 years after author L.Baums death.

#42 Despite L.Baum being an active supporter of female rights, Judy Garland was only paid a measly $500 a week while her male co-stars raked in $3,000 for the same work.

Interesting to see the times haven’t changed that much eh?

Behind The Scenes

#43 It is rumoured that when Judy was filming the lion slapping scene she was in fits of giggles unable to finish a decent take.

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Director, Victor Fleming, took her to one side, slapped her and sent her back to try again where she nailed the scene in one take.

#44 The cast can be seen here dancing a popular routine from the 1939 dancehalls of the age. The Jitterbug was originally a number in the movie but was edited from the final cut.

We think those were some snazzy dance moves for the time, don’t you?

What if . . .

#45 If 20th Century Fox had won the rights to film Wizard of Oz, Shirley Temple would have starred in the role as Dorothy! And as much as we love Shirley Temple’s charm, we do think Judy made the perfect Dorothy!

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#46 Dorothy’s original costume involved a blonde wig and heavy make-up, but the decision was made to aim for a more natural look.

#47 The iconic “Over The Rainbow” song was nearly cut from the movie because it ran too long.

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Thankfully it wasn’t . . . now you’re singing it in your head, aren’t you?

#48 MGM stopped Disney from making a Wizard of Oz, imagine what the genius would have done to Oz if Walt Disney got his hands on the book rights.

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Oh, what magic there could have been.

#49 Oscar-nominated six times, winning best score and best original song, Wizard of Oz was beaten for best picture by Gone With The Wind.

Quite frankly my dear we don’t give a damn.

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#50 The Wizard of Oz is still our favourite musical of all time and one of our most wonderful movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

So, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Fly Over the Rainbow’ to party like a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz room where our superb accommodation offers are designed to help groups of guests enjoy one of a kind party breaks in Liverpool.

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All the luxury themed rooms are perfect for hen parties, stag dos and special celebrations of any kind and thanks to the superb location in the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks, Arthouse Hotel is ideally situated for enjoying the best of the cities nightlife.

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The best bars in Liverpool can be found right on your doorstep with our very own Alma de Cuba and Mulholland Singing Waiter Diner offering fantastic atmosphere, food, music and drinks all night long.

Call now and start planning a wonderful stay in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and ask more about the magical Wizard of Oz room or any of our other movie-themed rooms in Arthouse Hotel.

Themed Hotel Rooms & Unknown Movie Facts: My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is one of the most beloved musicals of all time and the inspiration behind one of the musical movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

Filmed in 1964 with an all-star cast including Rex Harrison who played Higgins, a phonetics professor with a rather large ego and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a working-class girl from the bustling city of London.

The story goes that Higgin’s believes in his coaching abilities so much he can tutor the cockney twang out of Eliza and therefore make her a well-spoken upstanding member of society.

The two form an unlikely relationship and eventually fall in love, despite social differences and the interference of aristocratic suitor, Freddie, played by Jeremey Brett.

The movie served as inspiration for one of our musical movie themed hotel rooms and the My Fair Lady room at Arthouse Hotel is simply Loverly.

Check out some of the lesser-known facts behind the creation of My Fair Lady the movie, its origins and some of the famous cast members below.

Award Winning Performances

My Fair Lady was released to critical acclaim winning a grand total of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

Diva Behaviour

Renowned for her gracious caring attitude, Audrey Hepburn displayed slightly diva-esque behaviour when she was informed her singing voice would be dubbed. She walked offset in a huff, only to return the following day and apologise to everyone who she had offended.

Age is Only a Number

Middle-aged adults playing high school children was a thing way before 90210 and Dawson’s Creek.

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Eliza Doolittle was only supposed to be 19 in My Fair Lady but Audrey Hepburn was a fantastic looking 35 years old during filming.

Star-Studded Recommendations

Hollywood isn’t wasn’t the cutthroat industry that it’s made out to be today. Cary Grant was approached to play Rex Higgins but he turned the role down knowing he wasn’t right for the it.

Instead, he strongly recommended Rex Harrison for the part and said if he wasn’t cast he wouldn’t even go and see the movie.

Another Role Rejection

Dame Julie Andrews played Eliza Doolittle on stage, just 19 at the time and at the beginning of what would become a blossoming film career.

She refused the role in the movie as she was also up for the part of Mary Poppins and didn’t want the two to conflict.

Delaying Walt Disney

Hoping to boost the career of now Dame Julie Andrews, the wonderful man Walt Disney offered to delay filming Mary Poppins until summer 1964 so she could take on the role of Eliza Doolittle as well.

On Set Interference

The dashing neckties that Higgins wore throughout filming were where crew and costume had stashed Rex Harrington’s microphone.

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Occasionally the device would pick up radio conversations from passing police cars reporting crimes or updating criminal pursuits.

A Hidden Talent

Despite being a member of the Eton College choir and being known for his excellent singing voice, directors chose to dub the vocal talents of actor Jeremy Brett who played the besotted Freddie Eynsford-Hill.

His songs were sung instead by a 43-year-old Bill Shirley.

A Very Different Type Of Fair Lady

If we could imagine another in the role of Eliza Doolittle first thoughts do go to Julie Andrews. However, by the time filming came around Andrews was immersed in work with Disney so, if Audrey Hepburn had not accepted the role a third actress was in line.

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Super starlet Elizabeth Taylor is said to have coveted the job although its very hard to imagine Ms Taylor playing a common working class cockney don’t you agree?

Devastating News on Set

The 60s was a decade rife with iconic moments in history, one of which was the shocking assassination of JFK.

Announcing the tragedy to cast and crew fell to Audrey Hepburn after she’d filmed the most famous song number of the My Fair Lady movie “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”.

Setting The Perfect Scene

Thanks to the large budget given to the movie, set designers were extra creative with their work which eliminated the need to film outside.

Instead, every scene in My Fair Lady was shot on the sound stages of Hollywood studios.

Childish Inspiration

When it came to naming the movie, directors struggled and at first settled on Lady Liza but because of protests from Rex Harrison, the title was changed.

The inspiration for the new title was the traditional children’s nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady.”

An Arresting Beauty

Audrey Hepburn is without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful women to ever have graced our screens.

It comes as little surprise that when she entered the set in full costume for the ballroom scene, the room fell silent then cast and crew began to applaud, cheer and even shed tears at how stunning she looked.

Blowing The Budget

In the 60s, production companies were spending huge sums of money on making movies.

Only the year before My Fair Lady was made, Cleopatra at 20TH Century Fox had racked up a bill of $35 million, roughly translated to around £350 million today.

My Fair Lady came in at just $17 million, and despite being half the cost of Cleopatra, it was still the most expensive movie made by Warner Bros at the time.

Precious Creations

Again thanks to the huge sums of money at their disposal directors hired the exceptionally skilled Cecil Beaton to design the 1500 elaborate costumes for the cast.

His work including the stunning beaded ballgown and monochrome lace Ascot dress for Eliza Doolittle’s character all of which earned him the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Beaton’s work was so exquisite, and expensive, that the studio hired amusement park trams to transport the clothed cast to and from set to avoid damages and dirt.

Costs Vs Profits

Despite costing Warner Bros under half of what Cleopatra cost Fox, My Fair Lady has grossed $20 million more in profits overall.

In fact, My Fair Lady even made it into the top 100 highest ranking films of all time.

Bad Habits

We all assume that Audrey Hepburn was the picture of health, but she had a nasty habit.

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Hepburn smoked around three packs of cigarettes a day, much to the displeasure of Rex Harrison who had recently given up before filming started.

Wouldn’t It Be Larvly . . . Loverly . . . Laverly?

A cockney accent isn’t the easiest to replicate, especially not for California born soprano, Marni Nixon.

She had to continuously practice the cockney singing accent when she provided the vocals for Eliza Doolittle.

A feat that earned her the title “Ghostess with the Mostest” as audiences would never see the face behind the amazing talent.

A Mouth Full of Marbles . . . or were they?

Health and safety was still a thing in the 60s so instead of popping a potential choking hazard into the mouth of Audrey Hepburn during Higgins’ eloquencey lessons, grapes were used in place of marbles.

Founded in Greek Mythology

My Fair Lady was based on a play about a mythological ancient Greek sculptor named Pygmalion who created what he considered to be the ideal women out of stone.

The story goes that once the statue was created Pygmalion fell in love with it and on the day of Aphrodite’s festival he wished for a wife to be a living likeness of the woman he’d carved. When he kissed the statue’s lips the woman came to life and married Pygmalion.

My Fair Lady’s Higgin’s is the present day equivalent of Pygmalion, fashioning his ideal women out of Eliza.

A Musical Without Singers

Today musicals are usually filled with the biggest and brightest stars in musical movie making. If you can’t sing you aren’t cast or in the case of Russell Crow in Les Miserable, you sing anyway and get mocked for it.
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In the early day’s famous faces were favoured over fantastic voices and therefore musical movies were heavily dubbed. The entire cast, with the exception of Stanley Holloway who played Eliza’s father Alfred had their singing voices dubbed, why wasn’t Russell Crowe dubbed we here you ask? The answer, we just don’t know!

The Dead Penguin Play Mascot

Before My Fair Lady was a film it was a stage play with Rex Harrison still in the role of Higgins.

Apparently, Rex admired the work of the Pygmalion writer Shaw so much that he often referred to a Penguin edition of the play’s script. Whenever things didn’t seem right with the dialogue Rex would bark to stagehands;

“Where’s my Penguin”

After a while, this became a regular command and the crew and directors decided it was time to put a stop to it.

So, one day when Rex gave his usual command a stuffed Penguin was rolled out onto stage instead of his script. The entire cast and crew roared with laughter including Rex Harrison who never asked for his Penguin again.

And finally . . .

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Book Your Stay At Arthouse Hotel

Come rain or shine, Liverpool is a fabulous place to enjoy a short city break and Arthouse Hotel is located in the very heart of the cities most popular nightlife.

Our rooms can sleep a number of guests all in one space and we have some superb hotel offers ideal for groups of people coming to the city.

Call now on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay or check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers here.

Fantastic Feature Films to Look Out for This Year

At the heart of the city in Liverpool’s most exciting movie theme hotel we are always on the lookout for new and exciting film releases.

This year cinema screens will be featuring superheroes, fantasies, musicals and action so at Arthouse Hotel we thought we’d take a sneak peek at the year of film ahead.

See which of these latest and up and coming release you think will be blockbusters and which will fall into the classics categories over time.

Fantasy and Musicals

Our very own musical movie theme hotel floor has been designed to reflect the most magical musical movies of all time. The rooms include the Wizard of Oz, Chicago and,  of course, the legend that is Mary Poppins.

This year we can look forward to welcoming some amazing magical and musical movies onto the big screen and here are the top three.

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

This smash hit musical is one of the most hotly anticipated sequels of all time.

We simply cannot wait to see the younger versions of the much-beloved cast of the first Mamma Mia act out their previous lives.

Revisiting Donna’s youth, meeting a young Tanya and Rosie and seeing Donna and the Dynamos take to the stage is promising to be a smash hit spectacular.

And did we mention Cher will be making a special appearance as well as singing the unforgettable ‘Fernando’.

Forget Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and the God Father Part II, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again promises to be an unforgettable movie sequel experience.

Mary Poppins Returns

And its about time she did, the youth of today need Mary Poppins in their life if only to bring some order to the world.

This time Jane and Michael are all grown up and when Mary visits them and Michaels three children to restore the joy and magic to their lives. During the time of the Great Depression, things are looking bleak for the Banks family and that’s when Mary Poppins arrives to turn things around in the way that only she can.

Poppins is played by our all-time favourite English rose Emily Blunt and Dick Van Dyke returns to the film in the role of Mr Dawes Jr. There’s also an all-star cast including Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.

We wonder if this long-awaited sequel to such a much loved musical will be a ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ success or if we’ll struggle to ‘Stay Awake’.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald

We were all devastated when the Harry Potter series was brought to an end, where were we going to get our wizarding movie fix from now!

Enter the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series.

When last we watched Newt Scamander had helped capture the notorious wizard Grindelwald and all was well in the muggle and magic worlds. When we return we learn Grindelwald has escaped and is planning to raise an army of pure blood magical folk to rule over the muggle and magical world.

The cast of this latest magical movie includes the return of the talented Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law will play a handsome Albus Dumbledore and Johnny Depp plays the role of the notorious Grindelwald.

Be prepared for new tricks and treats as we tune in to see what life was like before Harry and Voldemort were at war in this the latest instalment of J.K Rowling captivating’s wizarding world.

Action Heroes and Super Villains

We simply can’t get enough of superheroes and it seems the more the merrier as the people at DC and Marvel continue to bring their printed comic characters to life on the big screen.

Aquaman

As the story goes poor Aquaman has always been the forgotten, somewhat mocked hero of the Justice League and the reason we have been waiting so long for his solo movie is that Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman all had to go first.

Jason Momoa will play Arthur Curry who has lived on land his whole life but can also breathe underwater and talk to sea creatures. He is asked to dive below the waves to inherit an underwater kingdom and battle a long list of villains along the way.

Other cast members include Nicole Kidman as Aquaman’s mother and Amber Heard as Aquaman’s love interest.

Now Aquaman has his own flick this is set to be an under the sea movie that will blow all superhero films that came before out of the water.

Venom

From obscure superhero to the most infamous supervillain ever, Venom could prove to be the darkest Marvel movie made starring one of this generations greatest acting talents as the lead; Tom Hardy.

Fans of the Spidey series and those who are avid Marvel graphic novel readers will be aware of Venom and his origins. But for those who aren’t a brief summary is that Venom is an alien parasitic lifeform that attaches itself to a host giving that person powers and an unhealthy bloodlust and thirst for violence.

It is rumoured that Venom will join the ranks of Logan and Deadpool in the Sony Pictures Universe rather than the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe where Spidey exists. Quite confusing, yet fans of the comics will fully understand the reasons behind the separation, even if the rest of us don’t.

Despite all the politics and confusion, the movie is poised to be one of the scariest Marvel movies to date with the prospect of many sequels being more than likely.

Other Films to Look Forward Too

There are plenty of other great movies coming out in 2018 and we simply don’t have the time to write about them all but these are the ones that simply shouldn’t be missed.

Jurassic World II – the cast of the last epic instalment return to the dinosaur-infested island to try and save some of the species. Of course, plans will fail, safety measures will be lax and some people might get squashed by big feet or eaten.

Tomb Raider – Despite Ms Jolie doing a superb job back at the turn of the century, Tomb Raider has returned to our screens with a new posh and ponytailed beauty played by Alicia Vikander. The plot stays the same, Lara is trying to find her long-lost adventurer father and gets herself into some perilous predicaments.

Breaking In – The tables are turned in this nail-biting thriller as a young mother takes her kids to a secluded cabin for the weekend and ends up having to rescue them when four men break into the house to find hidden money.

Movie Nights at Arthouse Hotel

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Thanks to our awesome location in the heart of Liverpool guests staying at Arthouse Hotel can catch a movie in style.

Simply make your way to Liverpool One’s Odeon for the latest blockbusters or the nearby FACT where things are a little more intimate. Or better yet bring your own movies and stay in one of our spectacular movie theme hotel rooms with friends and enjoy a low key cinema night in.

Call and book your stay today on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk or check out some of our amazing accommodation offers here.

Alternative Places to Watch Movies in Liverpool from Arthouse Hotel

Being Liverpool’s latest movie themed hotel, we feel it’s only right to share with our guests some of the best places to watch movies in Liverpool outside of the cinema.

Forget pricey tickets, uniform seating and less than impressive snacks and drinks, we’ve unearthed a chic way to watch your favourite old school movies and we’re sharing them with you.

Baltic Market

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Not just the best place to sample amazing examples of Liverpool’s independent street food and drink offerings, Baltic Market is Liverpool’s newest social space encompassing everything that makes us happy.

This, of course, includes screenings of our favourite cult movie classics.

You’ll have to keep your peepers peeled on social media outlets to catch the latest screening schedules but when it’s on its worth it just for the funky vibes, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food.

Secret Garden

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The same organisers that brought us cult cinema nights at Baltic Market also put together the occasional outdoor film feast in undisclosed urban gardens across the city.

The latest schedules in Calderstones Park include the iconic Audrey Hepburn flick Breakfast at Tiffany’s and When Harry Met Sally, a film made famous by that one scene . . . you know the one.

Catch both movies out in the open under the stars, with a drink in hand and some live entertainment to set the mood.

Café Tabac

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Situated at the top of Liverpool’s favourite independent district is Café Tabac. A moody dimly lit bar/café that serves delicious coffee tasty food and tantalising cocktails.

Hidden in the back of this trendy little establishment is an intimate cinema room that welcomes a small audience every Monday.

Often Café Tabac will schedule their screenings to coincide with memorable movie anniversaries for classic films like the Labyrinth or simply pick out a random yet popular movie like 1984.

It’s luck of the draw really but worth a visit for an alternative movie experience in Liverpool.

FACT

watch movies in Liverpool Singing in the Rain

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Close enough to Arthouse you could hit it with a stone, but don’t, it’s FACT.

A venue in Liverpool dedicated to art and creative technology is bound to showcase some of the best blockbusting movies but every now and then a true movie marvel will pop up on their schedules such as magical musical movies like Singin’ In The Rain, The Sound of Music or An American in Paris.

These alongside cult movies, documentaries and cinematic art installations make FACT the place to watch movies in Liverpool that are a little out of the ordinary.

Anglican Cathedral

watch movies in Liverpool at Anglican Cathedral

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Lately, Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral has turned its hand into hosting some superb social events. The latest is a list of movies that we all know and love being screened inside the cavernous interior of one of Liverpool’s most magnificent landmarks.

Where better to relive the movie mastery of The Goonies or the magical wonderland of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (the original) than Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral with it towering stained glass windows and ancient interior décor.

Arthouse Movie Themed Accommodation

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Get the gang together and watch movies in Liverpool in any of these alternative venues.

Not only will you enjoy watching a classic or cult movie but you and your friends will get to experience some of Liverpool’s most exciting venues from a different perspective.

Arthouse Hotel is located within walking distance of all these spectacular spaces and our unique luxury group accommodation is ideal for movie lovers.

Each unique and luxurious hotel room has its own individual theme inspired by a classic, cult or musical movie.

For bookings and enquiries about our amazing accommodation offers please call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk make your night at the movies the whole package with an alternative movie screening topped off with a stay in a marvellous movie themed hotel room at Arthouse Hotel.

63 Unknown & Bizarre Mary Poppins Facts

Known as the greatest Disney movie of all time, Mary Poppins and its star-studded cast was an obvious choice that inspired our Mary Poppins movie themed Liverpool hotel room.

Here we have unearthed an astonishing 63 little-known facts about the filming, production and cast of the hit film. See how many you didn’t already know.

P.L Travers

#1 Mary Poppins was a book first published in 1934 written by P.L Travers. Walt Disney struggled to gain film rights to the novel from Travers, it took 20 years for him to convince her.

#2 Travers had full script approval, but not final script approval which resulted in her disappointment in the fabulous finished product.

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Credit: Portrait of P. L. Travers, 1924, family and personal photographs collected by P.L. Travers, ca 1891-1980, State Library of New South Wales

#3 P.L Travers spent 10 days at a time in story meetings that she insisted were recorded so that her ideas and suggestions were documented.

#4 Mary Poppins was based on Travers’ Aunt Helen but also, subconsciously moulded around a fairy tale creature from Hindu Mythology called The Mother Goddess.

#5 Travers hated the movie and loathed the dancing penguins . . . how could she?

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She was less than impressed with the home the Banks’ lived in and the change in time period. She despised the music and thought Mary Poppins was far too pretty.

In short, Travers strongly disliked Disney’s portrayal of Mary Poppins.

#6 There were a total of 30 songs written by the Sherman brothers, 20 of which were cut by Travers. We wish we could have heard them all if the others are anything to go by.


#7 If Travers had her way Mary Poppins wouldn’t have been a musical at all. The Traver-sty!

#8 It is recorded that Travers wept at the movie premier, said to be distraught about what Disney had done to her novels. She vowed never to work with Disney again.

#9 P.L Travers was not cordially invited to the premiere of the movie in the US, Disney feeling it would be easier to include her in the London premiere. She, of course, informed Disney she would be in the states on the day of the premier and demanded a ticket.

Actors

#10 Both Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews had doubts over their roles in Mary Poppins. Van Dyke felt undeserving of the honour, even though he still today says it was his best role. Julie Andrews felt immense pressure to do the much-beloved character of Mary Poppins justice. A worry she proved was unnecessary.

Mary Poppins

#11 Angela Lansbury was among Disney’s first choice for the role of Mary Poppins.

#12 When approached to play Mary Poppins, Julie Andrews was also being considered for Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. She was hesitant to accept Disney’s offer until she was passed over for the other role by Audrey Hepburn.

#13 Julie Andrews was cast as Maria in The Sound of Music based solely on her performance as Mary Poppins.

#14 Julie Andrews was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. In her acceptance speech, Andrews made a point of thanking Jack Warner who had chosen not to cast her in My Fair Lady, leaving her free to be Poppins.

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#15 P.L Travers first contacted Julie Andrews the day after giving birth to her daughter. Travers told Andrews that she was too pretty to play Poppins but had the right nose.

#16 Julie Andrews’ favourite song “Stay Awake” was almost cut from the film by Travers until she pleaded in a letter written to Travers asking for it to remain.

Bert

#17 Dick Van Dyke’s cockney accent was coached by an Irish man and Van Dyke blames his shocking accent in the movie on this.

#18 Van Dykes accent was voted one of the worst accents in movies, coming in second only to Sean Connery’s “Irish accent” in The Untouchables.

#19 Dick Van Dyke was not a trained dancer despite his flawless moves in both the dancing penguin scene and step in time routines.

#20 Those in charge of animating the dancing penguins were enraged when Van Dyke persistently stepped on the penguins during rehearsals.

Mr Dawes Sr.

#21 It was Van Dyke’s idea to play two roles in the movie, both Bert and Mr Dawes’ Sr, the old bank manager. Disney refused at first but then Van Dyke auditioned after being given an elderly man makeover by the makeup department at Disney.


#22 Van Dyke is referred to as Navckid Keyd in the credits for his part as Mr Dawes, a clever acronym of his name.

Other Cast Members

#23 Katie Nanna, the nanny who leaves the family at the start of the movie, also played the Bride of Frankenstein. Quite fitting really, she always gave us the chills.

#24 The actress who played Mrs Banks wanted to play Mary Poppins but instead agreed to play Mrs Banks with the condition that she had her own song. And what a wonderful song it was.

#25 Ed Wynn, who played Uncle Albert, was given freedom to adlib his part. In the script, Uncle Albert was also supposed to have a Viennese accent which Ed wynn omitted.

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#26 The young actor that played Michael, Matthew Garber, was terrified of heights, he was therefore given a 10 cents bonus for every take he was suspended in the “Love to Laugh” number.

#27 Matthew Garber died at a tragically young age of just 21.

#28 The talking parrot on Mary’s umbrella is voiced by David Tomlinson aka. Mr Banks, he also voiced a jockey and a few of the animated animals in the farm yard.

Mr Banks

Credit: Wiki commons Trailer screenshot 1964

Inspiration

#30 Walt Disney’s daughters brought the idea of making Mary Poppins the film.

#31 “Spoon full of Sugar” was inspired by the polio vaccination being given at schools in a cube of sugar.

#32 There is a deeper meaning to the magical musical Mary Poppins. The mending of a broken family which is symbolised by the kite at the end of the film.

The Disney Way

#33 Walt remained absent from many of the meetings Travers was present in, their relationship grew frostier throughout production.

#34 Julie Andrews’ husband designed the costumes for Mary Poppins, a position that was given to entice Julie Andrews into the role.

#35 Apparently, Van Dyke paid to play the character Dawes after agreeing to a stipulation from Disney that Van Dyke donate $4000 to a charity Disney was involved in.

Walt Disney

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#36 After premiere Travers insisted that the dancing penguin’s scene was removed and suggested a number of other small edits. Disney refused them all.

#37 Walt’s favourite song from the movie was “feed the birds” he would often ask the tune to be played by the Sherman brothers until he passed away in 1966.

#38 Both the children actually believed Julie Andrews was magic thanks to some clever camera trickery including the bottomless bag scene in which the looks of wonder on the children’s faces were genuine.

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#39 The money made from Mary Poppins paid for the Florida swampland Disney World sits on today.

Set, Costume, Music and Script

#40 Most of the nannies in the queue outside the Bank’s home were stuntmen in drag.


#41 Richard and Robert Sherman began writing songs for the movie even before Walt had the rights to the film.

#42 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious took two weeks to create and was said to be inspired by a game that the Sherman brothers played at summer camp when they were younger.

#43 This fact was disputed in 1949, by songwriters who claimed they created the word Supercalafajaistickespeealadojus. They sued Disney for $12 million and lost due to the nonsense word having been around for decades, despite the Sherman brothers insisting they’d made it up.

#44 Mary Poppins immaculate hair was actually a wig.

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#45 All of the filming was done indoors, in one of four Disney studio soundstages.

#46 The cherry trees on Cherry Tree lane were real but their blossoms were created by artists who hand mounted thousands of twigs and paper blossoms.

#47 Filing the step-in time dance sequence took a huge six weeks. A price you pay for epic dance numbers.

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#48 Leaping into the future the very first audio-animatronic was used in “Spoonful of Sugar”. The singing robin that perches upon Mary Poppins finger, was attached to a ring and then cables ran up Mary’s sleeve to the controls

Mary Poppins and the robin

Credit: still from YouTube video FEED THE BIRDS Julie Andrews From Mary Poppins

#49 The robin’s part was actually whistled by Julie Andrews. A woman of so many musical talents.

#50 Mary Poppins cost a whopping $6 million to produce, with Travers earning a measly $100,000. An advert not to mess with Mr Disney if ever there was one.

Post and Pre Production

#51 Mary Poppins first appeared on an early TV show in 1949 event thought the movie wasn’t to premiere until 1964.

#52 The novel, Mary Poppins, was deemed racist at one point by San Francisco’s libraries, causing them to pull the book from the shelves because of racial slurs and stereotypes used when Mary travels around the globe.

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#53 The movie Mary Poppins was the highest grossing film of 1965 and continued to play all year in direct competition with The Sound of Music.

#54 Mary Poppins was nominated for 13 Academy Awards and won 5.

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#55 The movie soundtrack was at number 1 for 14 weeks, beating popular acts of the time including The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Elvis Presley.

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#56 The stage production of Mary Poppins was given to Cameron Macintosh in 1990 by Travers, on the proviso that only British writers were used and the plays follow the books, not the movie.

#57 The snow globe from the “feed the birds” scene was missing for years. The founder of the Walt Disney archives finally found the trinket in a janitor’s office at Disney Studios who said he’d seen it in the bin but thought it too pretty to throw away.

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#58 Mary Poppins was the first Disney movie to be released on DVD.

#59 There was nearly a Mary Poppins sequel until it was scrapped by new management and encountered casting issues. In 2018, Mary Poppins Released to an eagerly waiting public.

Check out our quick review of the movie here.

#60 Mary Poppins is the only live-action Disney movie to be listed in the National Film Registry.

#61 The movie was Walt Disney’s highest grossing movie ever. Thank God he didn’t just call it suite and retire on a sandy beach somewhere with his jet-ski.

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#62 Travers once posed for a Mary Poppins statue that was due to reside in Central Park New York. The design was deemed as offensively bad art by the public and the plan was scrapped.

Mary Poppins Room at Arthouse Hotel

Our marvellous movie themed Liverpool hotel room is practically perfect in every way. Capturing the whimsical magic of Walt Disney’s greatest cinematic creation, with its artistic ceiling mural, fun and quirky decor and luxury facilities.

Mary Poppins movie themed Liverpool hotel room

What’s more, each Arthouse Hotel movie themed Liverpool hotel room is within easy reach of Liverpool’s most popular nightlife venues?

It couldn’t be easier for you and your party to find somewhere to “kick your knees up” and “step in time” in any of Liverpool’s favourite night clubs or bars.

Call to book on 0151 2360166 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information. See if there’s another movie themed Liverpool hotel room at Arthouse Hotel that’s perfectly suited to you.