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The Parent Trap (1961)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Romance | 21 June 1961 (USA)
Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

Erich Kästner (book), David Swift (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hayley Mills ... Susan Evers / Sharon McKendrick
Maureen O'Hara ... Maggie McKendrick
Brian Keith ... Mitch Evers
Charles Ruggles ... Charles McKendrick (as Charlie Ruggles)
Una Merkel ... Verbena
Leo G. Carroll ... Rev. Dr. Mosby
Joanna Barnes ... Vicky Robinson
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Louise McKendrick
Ruth McDevitt ... Miss Inch (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
Crahan Denton ... Hecky
Linda Watkins ... Edna Robinson
Nancy Kulp ... Miss Grunecker
Frank De Vol ... Mr. Eaglewood
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Storyline

Hayley Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp. Products of single parent households, they switch places so as to meet the parent they never knew, and then contrive to reunite them. Written by Stewart M. Clamen <clamen@cs.cmu.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Operación Cupido See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,150,385

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,650,385
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

This movie and The Parent Trap (1998) featured product placement from Nabisco. In this movie, the girls are seen eating Fig Newtons. In the 1998 movie, the girls are seen eating Oreos (dipped in peanut butter). See more »

Goofs

When Susan shows up in Boston and greets her Grandfather for the first time, he asks her where is the gangly, 12 year old girl she was. Earlier in the movie, she and Sharon admit they are 13, soon to be 14. See more »

Quotes

Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Don't you take that tone with me Mitch. I lambed you once!
[she tries to make a childish fist but it gets wrapped under her robe sleeve, so she pulls the sleeve down]
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Now stand back.
Mitch Evers: Oh Maggie, come on...
[he tries to grab her arm from behind but she elbows him instead and instinctively punches him in the eye]
Mitch Evers: Ow!
[covers his eye]
Mitch Evers: Why do you have to get so physical?
[mopes over to the couch and lies down]
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Oh, stop being such a big baby. Let me take a look at it.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

An early US laserdisc release is missing the car scene mentioned above, but not the pool transition a few minutes later. It is, on the other hand, also missing about 50 seconds at the start of the conversation between Margaret and her father as she tries to pack for the trip to CA (during which he informs her of the plane ticket, questions her choice of dress, and ponders what sort of lady Mitch might have married since the breakup). Like many Disney releases, it is also missing the distribution title card (Buena Vista) and the accompanying drummed introduction to the title song. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Malibu, CA: Parent Trap (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
(1831) (uncredited)
Written by Frédéric Chopin
Played on piano by Sharon when Mitch raises the idea of marrying Vicki
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Amusing , funny and entertaining family comedy with a sensational Hayley Mills
2 May 2007 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This is an agreeable updating from an E. Kastner's story , it deals about two twins little girls (Hayley Mills). When they are in summer holidays and after several antics each other , discover the surprise which they are twin sisters and then they plot change characters with their different parents (Mauren O'Hara , Brian Keith) who are disjointed since the divorce and the girls have been separately raised . The father is going to marry a young woman (Joanna Barnes) and the eleven-years-old girls scheme the parents reconciliation by making impossible life of the father's bride .

The picture contains enjoyable comedy , humor , tongue-in-cheek and being pretty entertaining . This classical Disney comedy was remade in 1998 with Lindsay Lohan and previously adapted to British cinema in a movie titled : ¨Twice upon a time¨ (1954) . Hayley Mills acting is sympathetic and amusing . Hayley plays two sisters and she makes it splendidly . Hayley starred two sequels for Television (1986, 1989). Susan Henning took on the role as Hayley Mills' body double for several of the twin shots in the film , as part of her contract, she signed away her rights to be credited . The screenplay originally called for only a few trick photography shots of Hayley Mills in scenes with herself; the bulk of the film was to be shot using a body double. When Walt Disney saw how seamless the processed shots were , he ordered the script reconfigured to include more of the special effect . Mauren O'Hara and Brian Keith are magnificent as parents in similar roles later starred by Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid . Joanna Barnes as the unpleasant fiancée is very well , in the remake she played the bride's (incarnated by Elaine Hendrix) mother . The movie will appeal to family comedy enthusiasts . Rating : Amusing and enjoyable . Well worth seeing .


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