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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.

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Cast

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Nancy Carey
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Osh Popham
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Margaret Carey
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Julia Carey
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Mariah Popham
Eddie Hodges ...
Gilly Carey
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Digby Popham
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Tom Hamilton
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Charles Bryant
Jimmy Mathers ...
Peter Carey
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Mr. Perkins
Wendy Turner ...
Lallie Joy Popham
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Henry Lord
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

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Approved | See all certifications »

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7 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doce Verão dos Meus Sonhos  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Gilly Carey: [Gilly startles Lallie Joy, making her drop the bags she was carrying] Gee, I'm sorry!
[Picks up the bags for her]
Gilly Carey: They're too heavy for a girl. Allow me.
[Gilly holds open the door and smiles at her]
Digby Popham: [Irritated] You don't have to be *nice* or nothin', she's my *sister*.
[Rolls his eyes at Gilly and goes into the house]
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Version of Mother Carey's Chickens (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Beautiful Beulah
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Hayley Mills and Eddie Hodges
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Good-natured family film
2 September 2003 | by (United States) – See 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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