Summer Magic (1963)

109 mins | Comedy | July 1963

Director:

James Neilson

Writer:

Sally Benson

Producer:

Walt Disney

Cinematographer:

William Snyder

Editor:

Robert Stafford

Production Designers:

Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy

Production Company:

Walt Disney Productions
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HISTORY

The 16 Jul 1962 LAT announced the arrival of English actress Hayley Mills in the U.S. to begin work on the film. Principal photography began 6 Aug 1962, according to 31 Aug 1962 DV production charts. A news item in the 13 Sep 1962 DV stated that actor Tod Windsor was too young for his assigned role, and was replaced by Peter Brown, on loan from Warner Bros. Pictures.
       Summer Magic opened 14 Aug 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, on a double bill with Drums of Africa (1963, see entry). Critical and public responses were generally positive, evidenced by the film earning nearly $200,000 from twenty-six theaters in its opening week. Hayley Mills received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical. The title song, “Summer Magic,” was under consideration for an Academy Award nomination, according to the 13 Jan 1964 DV.
Remake of Mother Carey's Chickens , filmed by RKO in ... More Less

The 16 Jul 1962 LAT announced the arrival of English actress Hayley Mills in the U.S. to begin work on the film. Principal photography began 6 Aug 1962, according to 31 Aug 1962 DV production charts. A news item in the 13 Sep 1962 DV stated that actor Tod Windsor was too young for his assigned role, and was replaced by Peter Brown, on loan from Warner Bros. Pictures.
       Summer Magic opened 14 Aug 1963 in Los Angeles, CA, on a double bill with Drums of Africa (1963, see entry). Critical and public responses were generally positive, evidenced by the film earning nearly $200,000 from twenty-six theaters in its opening week. Hayley Mills received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Comedy or Musical. The title song, “Summer Magic,” was under consideration for an Academy Award nomination, according to the 13 Jan 1964 DV.
Remake of Mother Carey's Chickens , filmed by RKO in 1938. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
31 Aug 1962
p. 6.
Daily Variety
13 Sep 1962
p. 1.
Daily Variety
26 Jun 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
16 Jul 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
20 Aug 1963
p. 3.
Daily Variety
13 Jan 1964
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
16 Jul 1962
Section C, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
7 Aug 1963
Section D, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
16 Aug 1963
Section D, p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Vocal supv
SOUND
Sd supv
Sd mix
Music ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Mother Carey's Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggin (Boston, 1911).
SONGS
"Flitterin'," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Hayley Mills, Eddie Hodges, and Marilyn Hooven (voicing for Dorothy McGuire)
"Beautiful Beulah," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Hayley Mills and Eddie Hodges
"The Pink of Perfection," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Hayley Mills and Eddie Hodges
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SONGS
"Flitterin'," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Hayley Mills, Eddie Hodges, and Marilyn Hooven (voicing for Dorothy McGuire)
"Beautiful Beulah," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Hayley Mills and Eddie Hodges
"The Pink of Perfection," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Hayley Mills and Eddie Hodges
"Summer Magic," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Marilyn Hooven (for Dorothy McGuire)
"The Ugly Bug Ball," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Burl Ives
"On the Front Porch," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Burl Ives and cast
and "Femininity," words and music by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, sung by Hayley Mills, Deborah Walley, and Wendy Turner.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
July 1963
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: mid-July 1963
Los Angeles opening: 14 August 1963
New York opening: 21 August 1963: July 1963
Production Date:
began 6 August 1962
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
2 April 1963
Copyright Number:
LP25495
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
109
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 them, 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 returns, 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 ... +


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 them, 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 returns, 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). +

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