A young widow from Boston travels with her three children to Maine to enjoy their summer vacation. Margaret Carey (Dorothy McGuire) is helped by the friendly Osh Popham (Burl Ives), who finds the family a rent-free house vacated by a vacationing landowner. Daughter Nancy (Hayley Mills) catches the eye of a young schoolteacher, Digby (Michael J. Pollard). The owner of the summer house shows up from Europe unexpectedly, but keeps his identity a secret when he too falls for the young Nancy. The entire family gets to croon with Burl Ives in a folksy front-porch singalong. The townsfolk make the Careys feel at home to the point that they consider making the idyllic coastal town their permanent home. This Walt Disney film is lighthearted entertainment for the entire family. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
What a great family movie! I loved this movie as a kid and now my 5yr old loves it too. It is a little slow paced, but it has catchy songs and a funny storyline. Would recommend to anyone who loves old movies like I do.
I loved this movie as a young girl and never dreamed I'd be able to watch it 30 years later. A bit schmaltzy, but delightful story about a well-to-do Boston family that has to "downsize" to a remote country house. Reminiscent of a time when people sat on front porches on hot summer nights and sang songs (really, people used to do that!)...if you are a Hayley Mills fan, you'll love it. Good, clean story for families to watch.
It is nice to have a movie that children of 7-yrs and 11-yrs can enjoy along with parents and grandparents without worry about content. The story moved along slowly but the antic of Burl Ives keep the kids interested.