Summer Magic

Summer Magic (theatrical poster).jpgBurl Ives is one of the most well known names in movies. He has gone above and beyond composing songs and acting in several different films. In the 1963 Disney film Summer Magic. In this enchanting musical we are introduced to the Carey family who relocated from Boston to Maine.

The Carey family is a close knit family who has suffered a tragedy. The father and husband has died and the rest of the family has no money left. When Nancy Carey remembers a house in a little town in Maine that the family commented on. Nancy writes to the owner asking them if they could stay. To her surprise, the owner responds back and says yes. So, Nancy, her mother and two brothers pack up and leave. Upon arrival they learn that not many people stay around in the town and leave as soon as possible. But, what they don’t know is that it was not the owner of the house that wrote them back. Osh Popham intercepted the letter and wrote back. The original owner is out of town and his unaware of this arrangement. The Carey family stays unaware of this while fixing up the house that they are renting. While this is going on their cousin Julia comes to stay. Julia is not as well liked by the Nancy and her two brothers. Yet one night, she and Nancy end up reconciling after the dog the family took in breaks into her room. Meanwhile, the owner of the house Osh Popham has been letting the Carey family stay in shows up unexpectedly. By telling the family to throw a giant party on Halloween in honor of his mother, they do so. Osh shows up to the Halloween party with his nagging wife and his son and daughter who have grown friendly with the family. The truth comes out to the Carey family while Nancy dances the night away with the owner.

Summer Magic stars the legendary Burl Ives who died on April 14, 1995. His voice is one that we all know and recognize as he has done quite a bit of voice over work. In Summer Magic he stars as Osh Popham, a man who falsely rents a house to a loving family. Burl Ives is one man who is well remembered through out history.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

On April 13, in two separate years, a famous actor and famous director came into the world. Howard Keel was born in 1919 and director Stanley Donen was born in 1924. The two of them collaborated on the famous 1954 musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Taking place in the Oregon Territory where a man seeks a bride to help out in his home with his six younger brothers.

In 1850, Adam Pontipee heads into town to find himself a bride. When he finds Milly, a cook in a local tavern, he falls for her and she falls for him. Soon, Milly and Adam head on back to Adam’s home in the mountains. Once there she finds that Adam and his six brothers are in need of some structure. Through song and dance, Milly teaches Adam’s six brothers on how to talk and woo women. Later on, Milly with Adam and his brothers head into town for a barn raising. Everything seems to be going well for brothers. Unfortunately, the girls who the Pontipee brothers pick are already taken by suitors in town. A fight breaks out with Milly upset, heading home in tears. Adam convinces his brothers to go into town to “pick up” the girls. They go and bring the girls back to their cabin with an angry mob behind them. However, winter is the current season and an avalanche happens. The six girls run to Milly upon arrival, who in turn kicks out Adam and his brothers until they learn their lesson. As the film goes on, the six unwed Pontipee brothers change winning the hearts of girls who they kidnapped. Eventually, they are let back into the house. However, Adam is not as willing to admit his mistake to Milly. Even when Adam learns that Milly is expecting a child he still won’t admit it. When the snow melts, the men in town head into the mountain to go get the six girls who were kidnapped. While they are on their way Milly has a baby girl and Adam learns from his errors. When the angry men arrive they hear a baby cry with each of the six girls claiming they had the baby with their respective Pontipee brother. The film ends with them all getting married.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers would not have been possible without Howard Keel in the lead role as Adam Pontipee and Stanley Donen as director. Howard Keel and Stanley Donen were born on the same day, April 13, but different years, 1919 and 1924 respectively. In 1954, these two legends came together to create a well beloved musical by the name of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.