summer magic

the year: 1963

the genre: musical

the cast: Hayley Mills (Nancy Carey); Burl Ives (Ossium “Osh” Popham); Dorothy McGuire (Margaret Carey); Deborah Walley (Julia Carey); Una Merkel (Mariah Popham); Eddie Hodges (Gilly Carey); Peter Brown (Tom Hamilton)

the plot: Beulah, Maine postmaster Osh Popham helps widow Mrs. Carey and her three children move from Boston into a local, 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.

count: how many insects RSVP for the Ugly Bug Ball.

don’t miss: how Mrs. Popham likes her clouds.

check out: the portrait(s) of Mrs. Hamilton.

listen for: “Wonderful folks, even if they ain't got the rickets.”

also listen for: “Mariah, your pot's boilin' over.”

did you know: this movie was originally planned as a vehicle for Annette Funicello.


bporter said...

All I wanna doo......is be Hayley Mills throoooough.....

Seriously, is it supposed to be her birthday or something. We definately need to move on past the Hayley Mills kick! ;)a

Erika said...

"She was a good woman." ;)

Laney said...

My mom would love this section. Pollyanna and Parent Trap are two of her favorite movies. I suffered through Summer Magic just for her.