The Parent Trap (1961)

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

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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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Blondes and Redheads don't mix... Dear ol' Dad found out the hard way! See more »

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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Operación Cupido  »

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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. At the wrap party, Walt Disney presented her with a small statue of Donald Duck, called The Duckster, in recognition of the "best unseen performance on film." Only 2 other Ducksters have ever been awarded. To her credit, Ms. Henning did later star with Elvis Presley. See more »

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During close-up shot of both twins with food smeared over their faces, it is obvious one girl is not Hayley Mills, even under all the goop. See more »

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Charles McKendrick: Louise, for once I'm putting my foot down. Now let them alone!
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Wonderful Family Film with winning performances
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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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