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The Parent Trap (1961)

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

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Miss Inch (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
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Edna Robinson
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Miss Grunecker
Frank De Vol ...
Mr. Eaglewood
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Hayley Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp. Products of single parent households, they switch places (surprise!) 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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Pop's love affair is a 3-ring circus! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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Operación Cupido  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The actor who plays "Mr. Eaglewood", the director of the boy's camp, is Frank De Vol. He was not only a gifted character actor, but he was also a composer. He did the soundtracks for many great films and TV shows. See more »

Goofs

When Vicky and Edna exit Mitch's house, they get into a 1959 Lincoln 4-door. However when they are driving away, (interior shots of) the car in which they are riding is a 1959 Mercury. This is evident by the distinctive types of rear roof pillars that the cars have. 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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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Wild Rebels (1990) 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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Wonderful Family Film with winning performances
30 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

Hayley Mills does a spectacular job playing twins Sharon and Susan who are split up at birth and then reunited at summer camp. Of course they plan to reunite their divorced parents before a new woman can get her hands on their father! It's not hard to see why this film has remained popular, Mills, O'Hara, and Keith all are wonderful, and even if the story isn't the most believable it is perfectly suited for younger viewers. Forget the 1998 remake, stick with the original.


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