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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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Taglines:

It's a LOOK-ALIKE, RING-A-DING, LAFF-AFFAIR! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
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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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Trivia

The screenplay originally called for only a few trick photography shots of Hayley Mills in scenes with herself; the bulk of the film was to be shot using a body double. When Walt Disney saw how seamless the processed shots were, he ordered the script reconfigured to include more of the special effect. See more »

Goofs

At the isolation cabin, just after the rainfall, Sharon and Susan go outside and the cabin exterior and grounds are dry. They then go back inside and figure out they are twins. Sharon momentarily goes back outside and the cabin exterior is wet, as expected after a strong rainfall. See more »

Quotes

Miss Inch: [reading from index cards] Welcome to Camp Inch, new arrivals. I am your supreme commander here. My name is...
[turns to the next card and continues reading]
Miss Inch: Miss Inch.
[frowns, looks back at the previous card in confusion, then re-reads the new one]
Miss Inch: Oh, yes, Miss Inch.
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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 Melrose Place: Arousing Suspicions (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Call to Mess - Bugle Call
(uncredited)
Traditional
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EXCELLENT family movie. Fun and light-hearted.
28 September 1998 | by Steve-193See all my reviews

The Parent Trap is one of those ageless family movies. It is light-hearted and filled with down-to-earth humor. Without a doubt you will see this listed as one of those Disney classics.

This is a must see for the whole family but especially for those children with the vivid imagination.

Steve Kaden


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