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Summer Magic (1963)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 7 July 1963 (USA)
A Bostonian widow moves with her kids to the country.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Sally Benson (screenplay), Kate Douglas Wiggin (book)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hayley Mills ... Nancy Carey
Burl Ives ... Osh Popham
Dorothy McGuire ... Margaret Carey
Deborah Walley ... Julia Carey
Una Merkel ... Mariah Popham
Eddie Hodges ... Gilly Carey
Michael J. Pollard ... Digby Popham
Peter Brown ... Tom Hamilton
James Stacy ... Charles Bryant
James Mathers ... Peter Carey
O.Z. Whitehead ... Mr. Perkins
Wendy Turner Wendy Turner ... Lallie Joy Popham
Harry Holcombe ... Henry Lord
Hilda Plowright Hilda Plowright ... Mary
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Storyline

Disney musical about Mother Carey, a Bostonian widow and her three children who move to Maine. Postmaster Osh Popham helps them move into a run-down old house and fixes it up for them. It's not entirely uninhabited, though; the owner, a Mr. Hamilton, is a mysterious character away in Europe, but Osh assures them he won't mind their living there, since he won't be coming home for a long time yet. The children and a cousin who comes to live with them have various adventures before an unexpected visitor shows up. Written by Anonymous

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THAT WONDERFUL HAYLEY! a-flitterin' in a romantic whirl of her own! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doce Verão dos Meus Sonhos See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned as a vehicle for Annette Funicello. See more »

Quotes

Gilly Carey: We're out in the sticks, all right.
Nancy Carey: The sticks? It's lovely! Land of promise, land of opportunity!
Gilly Carey: Opportunity for what?
Digby Popham: Well, you got something there. You're the first folks to move into Beulah in more than five years. Most people move away to the city. That's where I'm gonna get as soon as I can.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: PLACE: BOSTON TIME: RAG See more »

Connections

Edited into The Magical World of Disney: Summer Magic: Part 2 (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Ugly Bug Ball
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Burl Ives
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Good-natured family film
2 September 2003 | by gee-15See all my reviews

Many films are criticized for what they are not, rather than what they are. "Summer Magic" is not a critical, gritty look at the turn-of-the-century life in rural Maine. It is a good-natured, fun film that you don't have to worry about letting your children watch. Hayley Mills is a delight as the ever-optimistic Nancy Carey who misrepresents her family's situation in order to win the sympathy of Mr. Popham, a rural Maine postmaster, general store owner, sheriff, etc. who allows them to rent a house he doesn't own. The plot is complicated by the unanticipated visit of Nancy's snobby cousin, Julia, the dour nagging of Mr. Popham's doom-and-gloom wife, Mariah, and the ultimate arrival of the house's true owner at a most inconvenient moment. Burl Ives as the laconically good-natured Mr. Popham is a absolute treat to watch. And the climax of the film (which I won't reveal here)makes me laugh out loud no matter how many times I've seen it. Those looking for a good family film should look no further.


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