Banks, don't you dare strike my father!
―Mr. Dawes Jr.

Mr. Dawes Jr. is one of the members of the board in the bank where George Banks works, the director's son, and the secondary ex-antagonist in Mary Poppins.

Role in the films

Mary Poppins

Mr. Dawes Jr. first appears when George takes his children, Jane and Michael, to show them the bank. He wonders why they are here and George explains that they wish to open an account. He asks Michael how much money he has to which he replies "Tuppence. But I wanted to feed the birds." His father, Mr. Dawes Sr., comes out and tries to accept it. Mr. Dawes Jr. takes part in singing the song "Fidelity Fiduciary Bank" with Mr. Dawes Sr., George, and the rest of the employees.

Later, chaos ensues. Once the song is completely finished, Mr. Dawes Sr. takes the tuppence from Michael's hand without asking which causes him to become enraged. He attempts to get it back while he and Jane "attack" Mr. Dawes Sr.. His shouting of "Give me back my money" is overheard by depositors, who misconstrue it as a sign of insolvency and start closing their accounts, which triggers a bank run.

Mr. Dawes Jr. is seen again when he calls George and asks him to return to the bank at 9pm that same night. He then appears inside another room where Mr. Dawes Sr. orders him to tell George about a historical moment of the bank which involved that there hadn't been a run on it since 1773, when it had financed a shipment of tea for the East India Company which was destroyed by rebels, to the point that "not even the Americans wanted to drink it!" (a reference to the Boston Tea Party) until that very day. It is decided that because Michael started the run, George is ultimately responsible as he is his father. Mr. Dawes Jr. sees to it that George is cashiered, a process to which his termination is known to all by way of his umbrella turned inside out like a cane, the top partially ripped off his bowler hat, and destroyed his boutterie. He is momentarily somber by this bad fortune, but then cheers up by exclaiming "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!"

George then tells Mr. Dawes Sr. and all the members Uncle Albert's wooden leg joke, fakely strikes at Mr. Dawes Sr. while Mr. Dawes Jr. tries to protect him, George shoves the tuppence into his hand and departs. Mr. Dawes Jr. considers him to be "Mad as a March hare". He hears Mr. Dawes repeating "A wooden leg named Smith" two times while watching him. He almost repeats the phrase a third time saying "A wooden le--" before finally getting the joke. He makes a wheezing laugh while Mr. Dawes Jr. watches him and suddenly sees him floating up into the air laughing and calls to him to come down before sobbing.

His final appearance in the film is when he is kite flying with the other bank officers. He tells George that Mr. Dawes Sr. died laughing. Surprisingly, he does not mourn his passing as he is glad that he died happily because he had never been happier in his life. With his passing, Mr. Dawes Jr. is now the chairman of the bank, and as of one of his first acts as chairman is to make George a partner, filling the vacancy he had left upon his promotion to the top spot.

Mary Poppins Returns

Mr. Dawes Jr. returns in the sequel, where he is portrayed by Dick Van Dyke, who played not only Bert but Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film too.

His role in the film is pivotal in resolving the conflict: he reveals that the tuppence that Michael deposited collected an enormous amount of interest in the intervening years, meaning it's enough money for him and Jane to save the Banks' home. He also strips his nephew, William Weatherall Wilkins, of his position as president of the bank, as a punishment for the latter's corrupt practices and orders the lawyers, Hamilton Gooding and Templeton Frye, to escort him away.

Trivia

  • In a shout-out to the original film in the closing credits of Mary Poppins Returns, when Dick Van Dyke was credited in the "Special Appearance by" credit, he was first listed as "Navckid Keyd", which was what he was called for Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, before the letters unscrambled to "Dick Van Dyke".

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Media
Films: Mary PoppinsMary Poppins ReturnsThe Cat That Looked at a KingMary Poppins (video)Mary Poppins Returns (video)

Music: Mary PoppinsMusicalThe Legacy CollectionMary Poppins Returns
Books: Big Golden BookLittle Golden BookPractically Poppins in Every Way: A Magical Carpetbag of Countless Wonders

Disney Parks
Garden of the Twelve FriendsMary PoppinsThe Great Movie Ride

Entertainment: Disney's BelieveDisney Classics: The Music & The MagicMickey's Magical Music WorldOne Man's Dream II: The Magic Lives OnOnce Upon a Mouse
Restaurants: Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe
Parades: Celebrate A Dream Come True ParadeDisney's Dreams On Parade: Moving OnDisney's Magical Moments ParadeDisney's Party ExpressDisney Cinema ParadeDisney Magic on ParadeDisney on Parade: 100 Years of MagicDisney Stars on ParadeDisney Stars 'n' CarsDreaming Up!Happiness is Here ParadeMickey's Soundsational ParadeThe Wonderful World of Disney Parade
Fireworks: Believe... There's Magic in the StarsDisney Dreams!Disney Movie MagicDisneyland ForeverFantasy in the SkyMagical
Spring: Disney's Easter WonderlandDisney's Spring Promenade

Characters
Mary Poppins: Mary PoppinsBertGeorge BanksWinifred BanksJane BanksMichael BanksPenguin WaitersFoxAdmiral Boom and Mr. BinnacleUncle AlbertMr. Dawes Sr.Katie NannaMrs. BrillEllenMr. Dawes Jr.Constable JonesThe Pearly BandMiss Lark

Mary Poppins Returns: William Weatherall WilkinsJackTopsyThe Balloon LadyClydeShamusJohn BanksAnnabel BanksGeorgie BanksAngusHamilton Gooding and Templeton FryeThe Park KeeperPenny Farthing
The Cat That Looked at a King: CatKing

Locations
London
Songs
Mary Poppins: Sister SuffragetteThe Life I LeadThe Perfect NannyA Spoonful of SugarJolly HolidaySupercalifragilisticexpialidociousStay AwakeI Love to LaughFeed the Birds (Tuppence a Bag)A British BankFidelity Fiduciary BankChim Chim Cher-eeStep in TimeA Man Has DreamsLet's Go Fly a Kite

Mary Poppins Returns: (Underneath the) Lovely London SkyA ConversationCan You Imagine That?The Royal Doulton Music HallA Cover is Not the BookThe Place Where Lost Things GoTurning TurtleTrip a Little Light FantasticNowhere to Go But Up
Musical: Temper, TemperPractically PerfectAnything Can Happen
Deleted Songs: The Anthropomorphic ZooThe ChimpanzooThe Right SideThe Land of SandAdmiral BoomMary Poppins' MelodyYou Think, You BlinkThrough The Eyes of LoveWest WindTiki TownThe North Pole Polka

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