I have always loved Dick Van Dyke. Any American who has spent any time in England might possibly have been called that name since so many have made fun of his bad cockney accent in "Mary Poppins"! I say who cares! He's Dick Van Dyke, for Pete's sake! I love him and I thought he was wonderful in that movie. "Step In Time" was one my son's favorites and we heard it again and again with all the chimney sweeps dancing and singing. And what about "Bye, Bye Birdie"? What a great movie for an eight year old to see! I loved it!
On TV, we had The Dick Van Dyke Show during the 60's and I enjoyed it just as much as I did The Andy Griffith Show. The writing was so clever and funny and I loved all the song and dance numbers that they would do. I really wanted to find the clip where Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) had to go to his son's school and explain what he did for a living, which was working as a comedy writer for a TV show. He explains comedy to a group of children in such a way that it should be used for comedy writers today! The clip that I found here for you is when he and Laura (his wife) are mad at their neighbors for something, and they are expressing it in this game of charades.
This photo from England always makes me think of Bert (Dick Van Dyke) in "Mary Poppins"! Step in time!