The Parent Trap

The Parent Trap

David Swift (1961)

121min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The idea was recycled in 1998 by Disney, but this is the studio's popular original. Hayley Mills takes the dual role of twins trying to reunite their divorced parents, played by Maureen O'Hara and an undercast, and seemingly uncomfortable, Brian Keith. It's hard to watch now - particularly the scenes featuring the Sherman brothers' loathsome hit record Let's Get Together - and, like many Disney films of the period, it's ridiculously overlong, drawn out by the interminable section at a summer camp. But David Swift's direction is adroit - he also guided Mills through the previous year's Pollyanna which earned her a special Oscar - and Lucien Ballard's Technicolor photography is particularly fetching. It's just hard to imagine who'd like this today.

Summary

When twins sisters meet for the first time at summer camp, they decide it is high time their estranged parents got back together again, and hatch an ingenious plan to reunite them by swapping places with each other. Disney comedy, starring Hayley Mills in a dual role as both sisters, alongside Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith and Leo G Carroll.

Cast & Crew

Sharon/Susan Hayley Mills
Maggie McKendrick Maureen O'Hara
Mitch Brian Keith
Rev Mosby Leo G Carroll
Charles McKendrick Charles Ruggles
Verbena Una Merkel
Vicky Robinson Joanna Barnes
Louise McKendrick Cathleen Nesbitt
Director David Swift
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourAvailable on: video and DVD
Comedy Children's