Summer Magic

Summer Magic

James Neilson (1963)

U Certificate


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Director James Neilson lovingly re-creates the atmosphere of 1900s Maine in this cheerful remake of Mother Carey's Chickens. Co-produced by Walt Disney himself, it has Hayley Mills stepping into the shoes occupied by Anne Shirley in the 1938 adaptation of Kate Douglas Wiggin's popular novel. Mills is not at her effervescent best, but is still suitably fresh-faced as she finds time for a little innocent romance while helping widowed mother Dorothy McGuire raise her brothers. One of the highlights is Burl Ives's rendition of The Ugly Bug Ball, which became a popular song of the time.


A hard-up widow moves into a rambling old house in Maine, where she struggles to control her three quarrelsome children. She also has to deal with the visit of her snobbish cousin, who falls for a schoolteacher her teenage daughter has her heart set on. Disney musical comedy, starring Hayley Mills, Burl Ives, Dorothy McGuire, Una Merkel and Michael J Pollard.

Cast & Crew

Nancy Carey Hayley Mills
Margaret Carey Dorothy McGuire
Osh Popham Burl Ives
Maria Popham Una Merkel
Julia Carey Deborah Walley
Gilly Carey Eddie Hodges
Digby Popham Michael J Pollard
Tom Hamilton Peter Brown
Director James Neilson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: The Walt Disney Company LtdAvailable on: video
Comedy Children's Music