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The Parent Trap (1961)

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 »


When Sharon (really Susan) is in the Rolls Royce in Boston, you can see the buildings, like apartment houses, through the back window. In the shot from the outside of the car, the street is shown, and there are none of the buildings that are seen from inside the car. It is an open street. See more »


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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Romance No. 2 in F major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 50.
(1798) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on the hi-fi stereo when Mitch comes downstairs to have stew dinner with Maggie in the kitchen
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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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