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The Parent Trap (1961)

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

Director:

David Swift

Writers:

Erich Kästner (book), David Swift (written for the screen by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Hayley Mills plays twins who, unknown to their divorced parents, meet at a summer camp. Products of single parent households, they switch places 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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Pop's love affair is a 3-ring circus! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Parent Trap See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,150,385

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,650,385
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

As the twins walk to the "isolation cabin", the rest of the camp's girls march behind them whistling the "Colonel Bogey March". The song was also whistled by marching soldiers in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), as they were marching into a prison camp. The isolation cabin here was the camp prison. See more »

Goofs

The position of Susan's hand, between shots of her holding her guitar. See more »

Quotes

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.
[pause]
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: What do you miss?
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Early '80s Disney Home Video releases of "The Parent Trap" are missing the scene in the car between Sharon (playing Susan) and her father before they drive up to the ranch. Also missing is a dissolve between the scene where Sharon (playing Susan) is hearing about the new woman from the housekeeper and when she is going to the pool to meet the new woman(it becomes a straight cut and a few seconds are saved in the process). See more »

Connections

Referenced in L.A. Law: Parent Trap (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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Traditional
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A movie made for everybody
22 February 2000 | by Mackan-8See all my reviews

After reviewing much horror I felt I need to change my comment history a bit. This is a cute and totally wonderful Disney-classic with amazing Hayley Mills ("Pollyanna") in the leading roles as twins. She's one of the best child actors ever.

"Parent Trap" is a movie you can't dislike. Every family member will love it with its great story and acting. I saw this a couple of weeks ago and I really felt it should had been great if I had seen it when I was a child. Then it had been one of the best movie experiences in my life. It's so warm and friendly. I feel I wanted to live at that time, in the United States. Sometimes I feel that being young in the 1950-60's must have been great, even if I really like growing up in the 90's as well.

I recommend this movie to everyone. You can't be anything else than happy afterwards.


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