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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 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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Dedicated To The Proposition That Teenagers and Parents Are Created Equally Hilarious! 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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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

For the scene where Maggie McKendrick (Maureen O'Hara) and Charles McKendrick (Charles Ruggles) are speaking in the bedroom, Ruggles didn't have any place to put the ashes of his cigarette. Director David Swift mentioned someone he knew who put the ashes in his hand, and Ruggles asked for permission to use this. He did this in so casual a way that the ashes would be on the floor a few seconds later. See more »

Goofs

When Susan is telling Sharon her plan to switch places, Sharon is holding the ice cream spoon in her hand. In the next shot the spoon disappears. See more »

Quotes

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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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Gives Up! (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

For Now for Always
(1961)
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Maureen O'Hara (uncredited)
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One of my all time favorites!
25 June 1999 | by RebanneSee all my reviews

This movie always brings me back to my childhood days, it is perfect for whenever I feel nostaglic! This version is WAY better than the 1998 remake, for the remake is too silly and cheesy (at least for me!) I always enjoy this movie, and feel good at the end because I have traveled back in time to my younger days. I hope my children will feel the same in the near future. **** out of ****


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