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Summer Magic (1963)

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

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Nancy Carey
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Osh Popham
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Margaret Carey
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Julia Carey
Una Merkel ...
Mariah Popham
Eddie Hodges ...
Gilly Carey
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Digby Popham
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Tom Hamilton
James Stacy ...
Charles Bryant
Jimmy Mathers ...
Peter Carey
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Mr. Perkins
Wendy Turner ...
Lallie Joy Popham
Harry Holcombe ...
Henry Lord
Hilda Plowright ...
Mary
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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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widow | postmaster | house | summer | maine | See more »

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

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Comedy | Family | Musical

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7 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doce Verão dos Meus Sonhos  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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

Quotes

Nancy Carey: We can't afford that horrible little house? Oh, Mother, that's wonderful! Mother, do you remember after Father - well, you remember how we all made ourselves feel better by talking about the things that had been fun with him? And the best thing we thought of was that time we were all in Maine.
Margaret Carey: And we saw the yellow house in Beulah.
Nancy Carey: And we peered into the windows, and wasn't it wonderful? And nobody lived there!
Gilly Carey: Hey, that was years ago. You're wild.
Peter Carey: I remember it.
Gilly Carey: You weren't even born!
Nancy Carey: Well, ...
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Version of Mother Carey's Chickens (1938) See more »

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Pink of Perfection
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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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