Summer Magic

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Overview

A young widow from Boston travels with her three children to Maine to enjoy their summer vacation. Margaret Carey Dorothy McGuire is helped by the friendly Osh Popham Burl Ives, who finds the family a rent-free house vacated by a vacationing landowner. Daughter Nancy Hayley Mills catches the eye of a young schoolteacher, Digby Michael J. Pollard. The owner of the summer house shows up from Europe unexpectedly, but keeps his identity a secret when he too falls for the young Nancy. The entire family gets to croon ...
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Overview

A young widow from Boston travels with her three children to Maine to enjoy their summer vacation. Margaret Carey Dorothy McGuire is helped by the friendly Osh Popham Burl Ives, who finds the family a rent-free house vacated by a vacationing landowner. Daughter Nancy Hayley Mills catches the eye of a young schoolteacher, Digby Michael J. Pollard. The owner of the summer house shows up from Europe unexpectedly, but keeps his identity a secret when he too falls for the young Nancy. The entire family gets to croon with Burl Ives in a folksy front-porch singalong. The townsfolk make the Careys feel at home to the point that they consider making the idyllic coastal town their permanent home. This Walt Disney film is lighthearted entertainment for the entire family.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital mono sound; Spanish language track; Widescreen (1.75:1) - enhanced for 16x9 televisions
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Ostensibly a remake of Mother Carey's Chickens, Summer Magic has little in common with the earlier film other than the idea of a widowed mother suddenly finding herself in an uncertain financial situation. The Disney version is very typical of the kind of live-action family fare the studio turned out at this time -- pleasant, a little too cute, and somewhat bland. Annoyingly, Magic doesn't take its basic premise seriously; it brings up the family's penury but never explores it realistically, with the result that it becomes hard to really get involved with the story. It doesn't help that the plot is just a series of self-contained incidents that don't build up to a cohesive and satisfying whole. Nor does it help that the film's "period" feel is much more late '50s than 1910s; even the costumes can't seem to agree on what year it is. The score, with the exception of "The Ugly Bug Ball" which has a distinctly non-period arrangement, is undistinguished. Fortunately, the cast makes the film enjoyable. Hayley Mills is her usual perky self, always engaging but, unlike the movie itself, avoiding the trap of falling into "cutesiness." Burl Ives has some very nice moments and provides a strong but quiet presence throughout, and plays well off of Una Merkel's amusing sternness. Dorothy McGuire is warm and motherly, Deborah Walley is great fun, and in a small part, Michael J. Pollard makes a distinct impression. Mills' next film, The Chalk Garden, would afford her the chance to better stretch her dramatic muscles.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/3/2005
  • UPC: 786936279535
  • Original Release: 1963
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,391

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hayley Mills Nancy Carey
Burl Ives Osh Popham
Dorothy McGuire Margaret Carey
Deborah Walley Cousin Julia
Eddie Hodges Gilly Carey
Jimmy Mathers Peter Carey
Michael J. Pollard Digby Popham
Una Merkel Maria Popham
Peter Brown Tom Hamilton
O.Z. Whitehead Mr. Perkins
Paul E. Burns Drinker
Harry Holcombe Henry Lord
Norman Leavitt Barber
Darren McGavin
Marcy McGuire Ellen
Hilda Plowright Mary
Eddie Quillan Mailman
James Stacy Charles Bryant
Jan Stine Mr. Perkins' Son
Technical Credits
James Neilson Director
Buddy Baker Score Composer
Sally Benson Screenwriter
Carroll Clark Art Director
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Walt Disney Producer
Peter Ellenshaw Special Effects
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Frank R. McKelvey Set Decoration/Design
Pat McNalley Makeup
Ron Miller Associate Producer
Richard M. Sherman Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Songwriter
William Snyder Cinematographer
Robert Stafford Editor
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/"Flitterin" [11:01]
2. Beulah [7:58]
3. Mr. Hamilton's House [10:50]
4. Peter's Haircut [8:24]
5. A Special Delivery [9:11]
6. A Part of the Family [7:07]
7. "The Ugly Bug Ball" [10:43]
8. The Lawn Party [12:25]
9. Sisters [8:35]
10. "Femininity" [4:53]
11. Mr. Hamilton [10:36]
12. The Halloween Dance [7:14]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Spanish
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
      Register Your DVD
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie, BAD musical

    Hayley Mills shows her charm once again in this young-adult classic, and if you're looking for family entertainment, this is a delightful story. The problem is that it's presented as a musical with songs that really add nothing to the story and are, quite frankly, dumb, especially "Pink of Perfection". The story itself is not as good as "Pollyanna" or "The Parent Trap" but entertaining nonetheless.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie from my childhood

    I own this on VHS and I had to have it on DVD. I watch this when I want a pick me up, it makes me forget about a bad day.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun For Hayley Fans

    This is a featherweight bit of innocent fluff that is pulled off by the wonderful central performance of Hayley Mills...it is cute, and perfect for a lazy afternoon. Disney and Hayley fans will be happy to share this with the family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great best brownie points

    it is a great movie and musical and a great movie for the whole family to see i love dorthy mcguire and hailey mills and burl ives and i think it is hilarious ,BAILEY WILLIAMS and i love you summer majic and a great musical for you whole family to enjoy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its not summer until I watch it!

    I hate to be bossy, but in honor of Hayley Mills' character in this film I have to say You Must Watch It. The songs are corny, but it recalls a better time when life may not have been easier, but it certainly was more exciting and filled with wonderful family and friends. p.s. Digby doesn't fall for Mills, rather a love triangle ensues between Mills, her cousin and the new school teacher. Mills also is the one responsible for the house...she claims utter destitution in letters to Popam(Ives) who is the town EVERYTHING, he takes it upon himself to help them and mayhem ensues!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Traditions

    Classic movie with a typical Burl Ives feel to it. Morals and standards that are not really followed anymore. I would recommend for any young family to instill more traditional and moral values in their childrens lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2002

    Good Family Movie

    This movie is good for all ages. My mother, sisters and I watched this movie together from the time we were little until now. I still love renting it from the video store and watching it. They don't make movies like this anymore!!!

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