Summer Magic


1h 49m 1963
Summer Magic

Brief Synopsis

A small-town postman helps a Boston widow and her family adjust to country life.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 21 Aug 1963: Jul 1963
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Boston, 1911).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Synopsis

Recently widowed Margaret Carey must move her family from their large house in Boston in order to economize. Osh Popham, the Beulah, Maine, postmaster, constable, and representative of an absentee landlord, receives a letter from Nancy, Margaret's teenage daughter, explaining the family's plight and asking about the availability of a large, yellow house in Beulah. Touched by the letter, in which Nancy describes her rickets-ridden brothers' need for country life, Osh allows them to move into the house practically rent-free, unbeknownst to the owner of the house, Tom Hamilton, who is abroad and is not expected to return. Osh's one condition is that the Careys enshrine a portrait of Tom's allegedly dead mother in the living room. Osh searches for the picture while the Careys set out to clean and paint the house, assisted by Osh's teenage children, Lallie Joy and Digby. Just as things begin to roll smoothly, Julia, the Careys' orphaned but haughty cousin, reluctantly comes to live with the Careys, and friction arises between her and Nancy. Osh finds Mrs. Hamilton's picture, and a great celebration is planned. All the preparations are made when on the day of the party Nancy realizes that she does not have an escort. Tom Hamilton suddenly arrives home, and he and Nancy are immediately attracted to each other. Without realizing who he is, Nancy reveals her fear that the owner of the house, "Old Tom Hamilton," will return and evict her family. Nancy later discovers Tom's identity, and it becomes clear that he does not intend to take the house from them and that he is seriously interested in Nancy. Songs : "Flitterin'," "Beautiful Beulah," "The Pink of Perfection" (Nancy & Gary), "Summer Magic" (Margaret), "The Ugly Bug Ball" (Osh), "On the Front Porch" (Osh & entire cast), "Femininity" (Nancy, Cousin Julia & Lallie Joy).

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Comedy
Drama
Release Date
Jan 1963
Premiere Information
New York opening: 21 Aug 1963: Jul 1963
Production Company
Walt Disney Productions
Distribution Company
Buena Vista Distribution Co., Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Boston, 1911).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 49m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Color (Technicolor)

Articles

Summer Magic


A widow from Boston moves her children to a run-down house in Maine.
Summer Magic

Summer Magic

A widow from Boston moves her children to a run-down house in Maine.

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Trivia

Notes

Remake of Mother Carey's Chickens, filmed by RKO in 1938.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Summer July 1963

Released in United States Summer July 1963