Cinema: Nobody Here but Us Chickens

Summer Magic. Once upon a time a wicked old witch gave Walt Disney a priceless secret—doubtless in return for a featured role in several of his movies.

The secret: kids may be lured into dark, cool caverns with promises of sugar-coated escapism—escape from the traumas of the Little League, respite from tyranny of the report card, surcease from the torments of the tooth brace and the training bra.

Disney's latest for the tired Junior Achievement executive is a version of Kate Douglas Wiggin's 1911 Mother Carey's Chickens, that durable story of the widow (Dorothy McGuire) and her brood who live as innocent squatters...

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