Teenage twin sisters swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.


David Swift


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 »





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


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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The title song was performed by Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello. They were on the lot shooting Babes in Toyland (1961). See more »


When Susan is about to hatch the plan in the tent, she is eating a Popsicle. As she moves around the room, the Popsicle disappears. See more »


Vicky Robinson: [after two little bear cubs licks Vicky's foot with honey, she wakes up screaming] Oh! Oh! Get me out of here! Get me out of here! Let me out!
Vicky Robinson: Let me out of here! Get them away from me! Get those wild animals out!
Vicky Robinson: Get them away! Get them out! I hate them! Get them away from me, Get them away from me! I hate this... I hate this place! I hate this filthy stinking dirty place!
Hecky: [Then Vicky Robinson comes out of her tent tangled in stings] What are you yelling about Miss? It's just... ...
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Alternate Versions

An early US laserdisc release is missing the car scene mentioned above, but not the pool transition a few minutes later. It is, on the other hand, also missing about 50 seconds at the start of the conversation between Margaret and her father as she tries to pack for the trip to CA (during which he informs her of the plane ticket, questions her choice of dress, and ponders what sort of lady Mitch might have married since the breakup). Like many Disney releases, it is also missing the distribution title card (Buena Vista) and the accompanying drummed introduction to the title song. See more »


Referenced in Tosh.0: Misses Every Layup (2014) See more »


Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
(1808) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
[First Movement played a bit on piano by Sharon]
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A Favorite During My Tween Years
6 March 2011 | by aashdonSee all my reviews

I first saw this movie on Sunday night TV Wonderful World of Disney in 1979 and was hooked. I bought the book at the school book fair and reread it a dozen times.

My older sister had seen Parent Trap in the theater and knew all of the parts that 1970s TV had edited out.

In the 1980s I finally got to see the whole film uncut on the Disney cable channel and finally got to figure out "the little dolls signing the parent trap song" my sister spoke of (there was 15 minutes I'd never get back)....

Dorky animated cupids aside, as a kid I loved the movie's cross country saga. The camp cabin sabotage, the twins joining forces to prank dad's girlfriend.

Although most kids will still enjoy the original movie's favorite kid moments of the punchbowl splashing into a chaperon, the timeless cake falling on Miss Inch's face, and Vicky's hissy fit, the movie's long pace might bore todays kids.

Although some purists don't like the new remake of Parent Trap, I thought the remake kept the essence of the original story and updated it to match todays global travel, destigmatization of divorce, etc.

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21 June 1961 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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