Disney musical about Margaret Carey (Dorothy McGuire), a Bostonian widow and her three children who move to Maine. Postmaster Ostia "Osh" Popham (Burl Ives) 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. Tom Hamilton (Peter Brown), 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.
Better than today's So-Called family films
This and other films such as "The Three Lives of Thomasina" are shining examples of why Disney's classics are always ten times better than the mindless live-action kiddie dribble that even the Disney companies make today. "Summer Magic" is a fun and pleasant film about two teenaged cousin girls and their amusing rivalry after they both move to the country with their family. One is a care-free country girl and the other is a prompt and prissy city gal. It's fun to see these two ladies come-of-age in all aspects from having to share a room to throwing a party just to get to know the handsome new school teacher (the story is also a lot more interesting to watch than most of today's teen flicks). Hayley Mills is of course the highlight of the film stealing every scene that she's in, a talent she displays in several other Disney films. The rest of the cast is just as charming which makes the movie charming itself. If only Disney could go back to making movies like this instead of making more Mighty Ducks sequels.
- Feb 28, 2001
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