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The Parent Trap
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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:
Wonderful Family Film with winning performances 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:
For the scene where Maureen O'Hara and Charles Ruggles are speaking in the bedroom, Ruggles didn't have any place to put the ashes of his cigarette so, on his own, he decided to put them in his hand.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Vicky and Edna exit Mitch's house, they get into a 1959 Lincoln 4-door. However when they are driving away, (interior shots of) the car in which they are riding is a 1959 Mercury. This is evident by the distinctive types of rear roof pillars that the cars have.See more »
Quotes:
Miss Inch:Congratulations. In the history of this camp, that was the most infamous, the most disgusting, the most revolting display of hooliganism we have ever had.
Miss Grunecker:Rolling around like hooligans in front of our guests.
Miss Inch:And worst of all, two sisters who should be setting a good example.
Susan Evers:We're not sisters!
Sharon McKendrick:I've never seen HER before in my life.
Miss Inch:They are! Aren't they?
Miss Grunecker:No ma'am. Just look-alikes.
Miss Inch:An amazing resemblance.
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Soundtrack:
Call to Mess - Bugle CallSee more »

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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Wonderful Family Film with winning performances, 30 July 2000
Author: tex-42

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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