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The Parent Trap (1961)

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



(based on the book: "Das doppelte Lottchen"), (written for the screen by)
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Complete credited cast:
Charles McKendrick (as Charlie Ruggles)
Una Merkel ...
Cathleen Nesbitt ...
Miss Inch (as Ruth Mc Devitt)
Crahan Denton ...
Linda Watkins ...
Edna Robinson
Miss Grunecker
Frank De Vol ...
Mr. Eaglewood


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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21 June 1961 (USA)  »

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Operación Cupido  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title song was performed by Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello. They were on the lot shooting Babes in Toyland (1961). See more »


While singing "Let's Get Together," twice Sharon's hand momentarily disappears crossing over into Susan's frame. See more »


Mitch Evers: Ah Maggie, you're so beautiful.
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: [to brush it off] Ah...
Mitch Evers: No I mean it! I know I don't say things like you want to hear, but I've been thinking a lot about you, and us, and the way things used to be... this might sound funny to you but you know what I've missed most of all?
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Mitch?
Mitch Evers: What?
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: You've got stew all over you.
Mitch Evers: I don't care.
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Go and wash it off.
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: What do you miss?
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Milhouse of Sand and Fog (2005) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
(1808) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
First Movement played a bit on piano by Hayley Mills
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One of my all time favorites!
25 June 1999 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

This movie always brings me back to my childhood days, it is perfect for whenever I feel nostaglic! This version is WAY better than the 1998 remake, for the remake is too silly and cheesy (at least for me!) I always enjoy this movie, and feel good at the end because I have traveled back in time to my younger days. I hope my children will feel the same in the near future. **** out of ****

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