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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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 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.

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Magic See more »

Company Credits

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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

One of the paintings considered by Ostia "Osh" Popham (Burl Ives) to be Mrs. Hamilton is now hanging in the Golden Horseshoe at Disneyland. See more »

Quotes

Peter Carey: She's not knock-kneed, Nancy!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Disney Sing-Along-Songs: The Bare Necessities (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Flitterin'
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Hayley Mills, Eddie Hodges, and Dorothy McGuire (dubbed by Marilyn Hooven)
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Better than today's So-Called family films
28 February 2001 | by spikeundeadSee all my reviews

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.


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