Summer Magic (1963)

Approved  |   |  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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Complete credited cast:
Nancy Carey
Osh Popham
Margaret Carey
Julia Carey
Una Merkel ...
Mariah Popham
Eddie Hodges ...
Gilly Carey
Digby Popham
Tom Hamilton
James Stacy ...
Charles Bryant
Jimmy Mathers ...
Peter Carey
Mr. Perkins
Wendy Turner ...
Lallie Joy Popham
Harry Holcombe ...
Henry Lord
Hilda Plowright ...


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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7 July 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doce Verão dos Meus Sonhos  »

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1.75 : 1
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Originally planned as a vehicle for Annette Funicello. See more »


Osh Popham: Tom Hamilton! Why I didn't know you for a minute! I didn't expect you'd be comin' back. Give me quite a shock.
Tom Hamilton: I just drove by the yellow house. There are some people out there.
Osh Popham: Yes, they're lovely folks named the Careys. They've been living there.
Tom Hamilton: How long they been living there?
Osh Popham: Oh, uh, not long. Wonderful folks, the Careys. You'll love them. They put in a new chain pump for that old wooden one.
Tom Hamilton: Who gave them permission to live there?
Osh Popham: Well, uh, you did.
Tom Hamilton: I did? Oh no, I never even heard of ...
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Opening credits: PLACE: BOSTON TIME: RAG See more »


On the Front Porch
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Burl Ives and cast
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The Pink of Perfection? Not Quite, But...
8 April 2004 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I have fond memories of watching this movie on TV when I was about 7 years old. Looking back on it now, it's pretty typical Disney family-fare from the early 60s. Hayley Mills is cute, as usual, as the older sister in the Carey family. Eddie Hodges is not bad either as her brother. Burl Ives is enjoyable. His "Ugly Bug Ball" sequence with little Jimmy Mathers is cute, corny and memorable. Deborah Walley is fun as cousin Julia, and it's fun to see her and Mills irritating each other. There are some cute songs in here, by the Sherman brothers, but you have to wonder what they were thinking when they wrote them. In addition to the aforementioned "Ugly Bug Ball", we have two of the oddest inclusions in the Disney catalog: "Femininity" (where Walley and Mills teach Wendy Turner how to act like a woman!) and "The Pink of Perfection" (Mills' and Hodges' duet, in reference to Walley's snooty character).

Harmless, good, clean fun for the most part, but not in the same league as "Mary Poppins".

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