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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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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 (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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Pop's love affair is a 3-ring circus! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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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:

Operación Cupido See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$25,150,385, 31 December 1961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$29,650,385
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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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

On original release, two Donald Duck cartoons shared the bill with this movie: Donald and the Wheel (1961) and The Litterbug (1961). See more »

Goofs

Ater the fight at the dance, a shot shows Sharon and Susan on the ground, covered in food. Susan's dress, which Sharon had cut the back out with scissors earlier, is brand new, as if it had never been cut. See more »

Quotes

Susan Evers: Do you want to know Father? And I'm just dying to know Mother. It might be so scary that we just might be able to pull it off.
Sharon McKendrick: Pull what off?
Susan Evers: Switch places!
Sharon McKendrick: Switch?
Susan Evers: We can do it. We're twins, aren't we? Oh, I'm just dying to know Mother! Look, now I'M getting goosebumps!
Sharon McKendrick: Me, too. You know something? There's more to it than just switching places. I believe fate brought us together.
Susan Evers: How so?
Sharon McKendrick: If we switched, sooner or later, they'd have to unswitch us.
Susan Evers: Mother would have to bring me to California to...
[...]
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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 Paradise PD: Parent Trap (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Colonel Bogey March
(1914) (uncredited)
Written by Kenneth Alford
Whistled by the camp girls as Sharon and Susan are taken to their new tent
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Great Family Movie
27 May 1999 | by Critic-31See all my reviews

I loved the parent trap. I think that it is an excellent family movie. Too bad that we can't get back to good family movies such as this one. The only thing is that I couldn't figure out who I liked best Susan or Sharon.


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