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Summer Magic

4.6 out of 5 stars 366 customer reviews

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Hayley Mills brings a joyful enthusiasm to this nostalgic, musical, and bighearted adventure in small-town living, now on Disney DVD. When a close-knit Boston family loses their fortune, they find a wealth of family secrets, young love, and charming summer nights in Beulah, Maine. A good-natured postmaster, pretentious cousin Julia, and the mysterious absentee landlord, Mr. Hamilton, populate their new life in a charming old yellow house. Featuring an all-star supporting cast, including Burl Ives, Dorothy McGuire, and Deborah Walley, this classic and wondrous tale will delight the entire family and belongs in every Disney collection.|This film is based on the novel "Mother Carey's Chickens," by Kate Douglas, which has become an American classic.

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  • Actors: Hayley Mills, Dorothy McGuire, Burl Ives, Deborah Walley, Michael J. Pollard
  • Directors: James Neilson
  • Writers: Screenplay By Sally Benson, Based On A Book By Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.75:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JMVV
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,683 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Summer Magic" on IMDb

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Definitely one of Hayley Mills best films. Her fans definitely love it. Burl Ives, Dorothy McGuire, and Michael Pollard are wonderful in their roles as well as Hayley. The sets and music are delightful in this movie about an earlier time when life was simpler and although challenging, much kinder. Hayley does a fine job playing a young lady that is always full of optimism. In some respects like the optimism of Bing Crosby in "The Bells of St. Mary's". She charms her way to get what she wants. This color movie doesn't seem to age, since if you didn't know when it was made, you would think it could have been recently. Amazingly families today still find this an enjoyable movie, but then it is an amazing movie. Full of warmth and values of the heart. I recommend it to all, but especially to anyone that enjoys the older Disney classics.
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When Disney studios brought together a talented cast, a simple but effective script, and their family oriented production values, the result was often magic. Such was the case with this film, one of Hayley Mills' best.

When we join the movie the Carey family is under difficult times. Margaret Carey's (Dorothy McGuire) husband has recently passed away. Stock investments made by Mr. Carey have added to the family's fiscal woes. As Mrs. Carey struggles to figure out how the family will survive, headstrong Nancy Carey (Mills) has taken matters into her own hands by writing to Mr. Ossium "Osh" Popham (Burl Ives in one of his best roles) to ask whether a certain yellow house was available for rent. That Nancy exaggerated the extent of the family's financial need is temporarily overlooked, but not forgotten. Mr. Popham is more than happy to help the family and invites them to move into the yellow house for a modest rent.

The yellow house turns out to need a fair amount of work to make it livable, and Osh, who is also the owner of the local general store, continues to aid the Careys as they make improvements. We soon find out that Osh has not communicated with the owner of the house, Tom Hamilton (Peter Brown), with respect to all the various happenings related to the yellow house, and we know that at some point there will likely come a reckoning.

Adding to the family oriented fun is younger brother Peter Carey (Jimmy Mathers), who finds a creative way to get his hair cut, and then adopts a dog for the family. Cousin Julia Carey (Deborah Walley) is forced to move in with the Carey's due to financial circumstances with the family she has been living.
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After "The Parent Trap", this is Hayley Mills' best movie. It's funny, warm, and will leave you feeling good about life. Hayley Mills and Burl Ives deliver great performances, as does all the cast. This is a Disney classic, a must-see and must-own!
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SUMMER MAGIC, Disney's sunny nostalgia-fest, makes it's DVD debut in a crisp anamorphic transfer.

Hayley Mills never looked more lovelier than as Nancy Carey, a young girl who helps her newly-bankrupt family move to the small town of Beulah, Maine, and into `The Yellow House'. The arrival of Cousin Julia (Deborah Walley) causes some fireworks, with both Nancy and Julia fighting over the affections of the new schoolmaster, before Nancy falls in love with the mysterious Thomas Hamilton. The story is loosely based on "Mother Carey's Chickens" by Kate Douglas Wiggin.

Burl Ives, Dorothy McGuire and Una Merkel co-star in good supporting roles. Other roles are taken by Eddie Hodges, Michael J. Pollard, Peter Brown, Wendy Turner, James Stacy and Jimmy Mathers (younger brother of Jerry 'Beaver' Mathers)

Hayley Mills and the cast sing the entertaining Sherman Brothers score, including "Flitterin'", "The Ugly Bug Ball", "The Pink of Perfection", "On the Old Front Porch", "Femininity" and the Title Song.

Disney has been `kind enough' to give SUMMER MAGIC the full anamorphic treatment. The 16:9 image is good, if unspectacular. With the studio in the bad habit of releasing most of it's back-catalogue titles in fullscreen, SUMMER MAGIC (one of the most-anticipated DVD releases) in widescreen should be quite an event for fans of this delightful movie.
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For anyone who enjoys a good, heartwarming movie - this is the one for you! This is a wonderful story of a family who leaves the city and pursues a life in the country at "the yellow house". This is a movie that I not only enjoyed watching as a kid, but still enjoy as an adult! The happy songs will stick in your head, and you will wish you could live in the same town with Hayley Mills and her family! This is a wholesome, family worthy movie that you will want to watch over and over! I promise! Enjoy the movie - I think it's a Disney classic! If you are a Mills fan as I am, then I would also suggest watching "That Darn Cat".
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A summertime treat for lovers of old-fashioned movies about people and their relationships to one another instead of innumerable scenes of overwrought special effects. And, hurrah, Disney has released it in widescreen in a beautiful, colorful new version.

The Carey family, left nearly penniless by the death of Mr. Carey and some bad business investments, move lock, stock and player piano to the small town of Beulah, Maine, after lively Nancy Carey, played with all her adolescent charm by Hayley Mills, spins a hard-luck story to the caretaker of the house, softhearted grocer Ossian (Osh) Popham. Even after learning the Careys aren't quite as badly off as Nancy painted--a very funny scene with Burl Ives!--Osh rents them the house and proceeds to help them through the coming weeks, giving son Gilbert (Eddie Hodges) a job and helping little Peter (a bit-sweet Jimmy Mathers) get a boyish haircut so the town kids won't tease him any more.

Just as things are going well, the Careys must take in their cousin Julia (Deborah Walley), a stuck-up miss who refuses to help with the chores and becomes Nancy's rival for the attentions of the new schoolmaster.

This is a lemonade-and-sit-on-the-porch type movie just made for a Sunday afternoon. Ives, Mills, Walley as the "pink of perfection" Julia, and Dorothy McGuire as Mrs. Carey particularly shine, and Ives is very funny as he plays interference between his forthright wife who wants to tell the Careys the truth about their rental of the house.

Oh, and that "controversial" song about femininity? It's actually very funny, because in an age where women didn't have many rights, the girls know exactly how to twist "the system" so they enjoyed more freedom than society allowed!
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