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The Parent Trap (1961)

Passed | | Comedy, Family, Romance | 21 June 1961 (USA)
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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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2,236 ( 531)
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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What these two look-a-likes do to a marriage is sheer DELIRIUM... What they do to the screen is sheer DELIGHT! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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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. Writer and 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 Hecky told Vicki that the 2 Little bear cubs wouldn't hurt a fly, while that statement is partially true, he forgot to consider the fact that their mother bear would've attacked Vicki and possibly the people in the camp if she was present. So Vicki was right to scare off 2 bears which saved her life and everybody in camp. See more »

Quotes

Charles McKendrick: [Susan starts sniffing the coat he is wearing] My dear, what are you doing?
Susan Evers: Making a memory.
Charles McKendrick: Making a memory?
Susan Evers: All my life, when I'm quite grown-up I will always remember my grandfather and how he smelled of
[smells his jacket again]
Susan Evers: tobacco and peppermint.
Charles McKendrick: Smelled of tobacco and peppermint.
[starts chuckling]
Charles McKendrick: Well, I'll tell you what. I take the peppermint for my indigestion and as for the tobacco
[looks around]
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Let's Get Together
(1961)
Written by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Performed by Hayley Mills in both roles (uncredited)
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User Reviews

Disney Classic
22 August 2002 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

What can I say, it's got the Disney magic to it, and a pretty good idea. If you like Disney films, you'll love this. It's a true "classic" to be quoted, and can be enjoyed by all ages. Just stay clear of the 1998 remake. 3.5/5 stars--

JOHN ULMER


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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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