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The Parent Trap -- Twins switch places to reunite their parents


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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 »
Caught in a merry marital mix-up! See more »
Teenage twin girls swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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One of my favourites See more (71 total) »


  (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
Special Effects by
Petro Vlahos .... special effects engineer (uncredited)
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)
Crew verified as complete

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129 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:K-8 | Iceland:L | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (certificate #19646) | USA:G (re-rating) (1992) | West Germany:6

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 »
Continuity: Immediately after the rainstorm, Sharon and Susan step outside. Everything is dry, as if it never rained.See more »
Mitch Evers:Would you mind putting on something decent?
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick:I'm dressed perfectly decent.
Mitch Evers:Yeah, running around in my bathrobe. The priest could come in here any minute, it looks like we just...
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick:Like we what?
Mitch Evers:Just go upstairs and put on some clothes!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.221" (2006)See more »
Let's Get TogetherSee more »


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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
One of my favourites, 8 November 2000
Author: Peter Rasmussen Denmark from Odder, Denmark

This is one of the best Disney movies ever made. It is funny, warm, and it is something everybody can enjoy. To watch this in the twenty first century is a wonderful trip back in time. This movie is very 60's, but that does not make it out of date, the tricks and gags are timeless. I loved this movie when I saw it for the first time many years ago. Therefore, when the new 1998 remake came out, I had to see that too. The new one is also sweet and warm, but the original version is the best. If you see this version first and then all or some of the new afterwards (as I tried, for fun, one was on TV and I have the other on DVD), the new one reveals itself as being superficial and a bit cheasy compared to the original.

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