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Director:
Writers:
Erich Kästner (based on the book: "Das doppelte Lottchen")
David Swift (written for the screen by)
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Release Date:
21 June 1961 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Caught in a merry marital mix-up! See more »
Plot:
Teenage twin girls swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sassy, warm and genuinely funny See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kay Cole ... Betsy - Sharon's Camp Inch Roommate (uncredited)

John Mills ... Mitch Evers' Golf Caddy (uncredited)
Irene Tedrow ... Miss Lockness - the Housekeeper (uncredited)
Lynette Winter ... Ursala - Camp Inch Roomate (uncredited)

Directed by
David Swift 
 
Writing credits
Erich Kästner (based on the book: "Das doppelte Lottchen")

David Swift (written for the screen by)

Produced by
George Golitzen .... associate producer (as George Golitzin)
 
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Philip W. Anderson (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Robert Clatworthy 
 
Set Decoration by
Hal Gausman 
Emile Kuri 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Pat McNalley .... makeup
Ruth Sandifer .... hair stylist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan Volkman .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Dean Thomas .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Ub Iwerks .... special photographic effects
Bob Broughton .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chuck Arnold .... camera operator (uncredited)
Harry Young .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gertrude Casey .... costumer
Chuck Keehne .... costumer
 
Music Department
Evelyn Kennedy .... music editor
Franklyn Marks .... orchestrator
Richard M. Sherman .... songs
Robert B. Sherman .... songs
 
Other crew
Xavier Atencio .... special titles
Leon Charles .... dialogue coach
Don DaGradi .... sequence consultant
Walt Disney .... presenter
T. Hee .... special titles
Bill Justice .... special titles
Susan Henning .... twin double (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
129 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (certificate #19646) | USA:G (re-rating) (1992) | West Germany:6

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Trivia:
This was Brian Keith's first comedy participation.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the isolation cabin while the twins are getting acquainted: Susan's shoes change from white sneakers to blue flats (that Sharon had been wearing).See more »
Quotes:
Charles McKendrick:[Susan starts sniffing the coat he is wearing] My dear, what are you doing?
Susan Evers:Making a memory.
Charles McKendrick:Making a memory?
Susan Evers:All my life, when I'm quite grown-up I will always remember my grandfather and how he smelled of
[smells his jacket again]
Susan Evers:tobacco and peppermint.
Charles McKendrick:Smelled of tobacco and peppermint.
[starts chuckling]
Charles McKendrick:Well, I'll tell you what. I take the peppermint for my indigestion and as for the tobacco
[looks around]
[...]
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For Now for AlwaysSee more »

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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Sassy, warm and genuinely funny, 2 October 2001

"Family" movies usually make me cringe. Saccharine plots, cloying kiddie actors, goopy dialogue...no, thank you! But "The Parent Trap" succeeds admirably as both children-friendly fare and reasonably witty, sophisticated comedy.

The high-class production values don't hurt, and neither does the superb cast, right down to the character roles. The ever-dependable Una Merkel is a gem as the smart-talking maid, having lost none of her streetwise timing since her brassy blonde days in the 1930's. Charlie Ruggles is extraordinarily lovable as the grandfather, and Cathleen Nesbitt plays wonderfully against type as the domineering grandmother. Leo G. Carroll once again benefits a film simply by his appearance, and even Nancy "Miss Hathaway" Kulp is on board as a butch camp counselor (quite a stretch).

Of course, at the heart of it all, is the bravura performance of Hayley Mills as twins Susan and Sharon. She's never revoltingly sweet--there's a winning streak of spice in her personality that separates her from all other child stars. Plus, her kicky pre-Beatles British accent and snub-nosed beauty lend her a more worldly air than her contemporaries.

The ravishing Maureen O'Hara, in one of her last major roles as the twins' mother, Maggie, begins the film as a nondescript cipher, but her glamorous metamorphosis in the latter half of the film shows just how funny and sexy she can be. Mitch, the twins' father, is played by the ruggedly handsome Brian Keith, who generates the right mixture of roughneck toughness and paternal warmth.

And the criminally-overlooked Joanna Barnes plays Vicki, the predatory golddigger looking to sink her claws into Mitch. Vicki's verbal duels with Maggie and the twins are surprisingly catty for a children's film, and delivered with perfect villainy.

The very 1961 flourishes are priceless: the hopelessly tone-deaf Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello "singing" the theme song; the "formal" dance, with the girls all decked out in crinolines and laces; Susan plastering her bungalow wall with pictures of her favorite pin up boys (Rick Nelson!); and, my personal favorites, Sharon and Susan showing each other their parents' photos: hyper-posed, glamorous Hollywood 8x10 glossies!

The plot actually plays like a highly sanitized Rock Hudson/Doris Day bedroom farce, except that Susan and Sharon direct the course of action. You know what the ending will be even before you watch the movie, but it doesn't really matter. This is a delicious bon-bon of a flick, as irresistible to adults as to their children.

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