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Summer Magic (1963)

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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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 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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Taglines:

HAYLEY'S IN A WHIRL! Breezing through her sixteenth summer! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Musical

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doce Verão dos Meus Sonhos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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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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Trivia

Dorothy McGuire's vocals are dubbed by Marilyn Hooven. See more »

Quotes

Osh Popham: Mariah, why don't you get back to them strawberry preserves?
Mariah Popham: Mr. Popham, just answer yes or no, have you written Mr. Hamilton advisin' him that you took it upon yourself to rent his yellow house?
Osh Popham: I told you, I have written him.
Mariah Popham: Has he written you?
Osh Popham: No, but he's a busy man. No news is good news. Besides, he's off in them foreign parts. Heathens mighta had him.
Mariah Popham: And you're lettin' them Careys tear his house apart! Redoin', plantin', young'uns runnin' all over the place! Sellin' 'em wallpaper for ...
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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

Summer Magic
(uncredited)
Written by Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman
Sung by Dorothy McGuire (dubbed by Marilyn Hooven)
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The Pink of Perfection? Not Quite, But...
8 April 2004 | by laffinsalSee 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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