Parent Trap

Parent Trap

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Director: David Swift, Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith

Cast: David Swift, Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith


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One of Disney's biggest hits was the family comedy The Parent Trap starring the über-cute Hayley Mills. The Parent Trap is featured in a 1.85:1 THX approved anamorphic widescreen transfer that is very clean and crisp. While the image sometimes appears a bit worn and dated, overall this is a very clean print that will pleasantly surprise fans of the film.


One of Disney's biggest hits was the family comedy The Parent Trap starring the über-cute Hayley Mills. The Parent Trap is featured in a 1.85:1 THX approved anamorphic widescreen transfer that is very clean and crisp. While the image sometimes appears a bit worn and dated, overall this is a very clean print that will pleasantly surprise fans of the film. The soundtrack is featured in a newly remixed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround remix in English. Certainly fans will be thankful to have a new soundtrack on this disc, though the simple truth is that The Parent Trap doesn't include many instances for pumping, loud directional effects. However, the soundtrack is free and clear of any excessive distortion and hiss. Also included on this disc are English captions and Spanish subtitles. Sadly, the original soundtrack from the film is not included on this disc. Disney has gone the extra mile with this two-disc set, starting with a commentary track by actress Hayley Mills and director David Swift on disc one. Aside of a few occasional lapses of silence, this is an engaging track that should involve fans of all ages. Also included on disc one is a humorous animated short titled "Donald's Double Trouble" that originally ran theatrically with The Parent Trap. Disc two includes no less than eight featurettes, including: "Disney Legend: Hayley Mills," "Seeing Double," "The Titlemakers," "Kimball and Swift: The Disney Years," "Caught in the Act: The Making of The Parent Trap," "Who's the Twin," "The Sherman Brothers," and "Let's Get Together." Each of these newly produced featurettes include a lot of information on the making of the film and sport reflective interviews with the cast and crew, including some great interview footage with actress Hayley Mills (fans will delight in seeing what she looks like decades later). A Production Gallery includes around 50 stills put to music. "The Audio Archive" includes a collection of five audio-only spots such as TV spots, interviews, and more. A second still gallery features over 200 photos from the advertising, screenplay, biographies, production stills, and more. Finally, there are a few trailers and TV spots, and a promo spot titled "The Disney Studio Archives" which include a montage of Disney's best live-action and animated hits. This is a wonderful disc that will please both Disney aficionados and children alike.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Double your pleasure with this two-disc "Vault Disney" edition of the rollicking 1961 comedy starring Hayley Mills in a mischievous dual role as twin sisters. (Mills also sings the film's hit song, "Let's Get Together.") Separated at birth, the twins are unwittingly reunited at a summer camp. Rivals at first, they team up to bring their estranged parents (Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara) back together. Complicating their scheme is Joanna Barnes as Dad's gold-digging fiancée. Something of a departure for Disney, The Parent Trap has a bit of a dark side, but the slapstick sequences, including the escalating war of practical jokes and the climactic camping trip in which the twins get the best of a rival, will tickle kids. Disc One contains a pristine, restored version of the film in the wide-screen format and a cartoon, "Disney's Double Trouble." Mills and director David Swift reminisce in the audio commentary. Disc Two contains segments about the making of the film, the groundbreaking special effects that allowed Mills to act opposite herself, and a profile of Oscar-winning songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman (Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book). Susan Henning, Mills's uncredited body double, also graciously gets her due. Other titles in the "Vault Disney" collection of essential family classics include Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, and Pollyanna. This fresh, new edition of a true family classic will keep the whole gang in stitches.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
After the success of Pollyanna, Disney made the most of Hayley Mills' star power by casting her as twins Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evans. The split-screen technology and trick photography using a body double looks pretty seamless for the time, and Mills is convincing in the dual role thanks to her charming performance. The adult roles are pretty stale, with the exception of glamorous Maureen O'Hara as Mrs. McKendrick and Charlie Ruggles as the lovable grandfather. The plot is delightfully contrived and tends to drag on too long in unnecessary directions, such as the camping trip with Vickie, the properly evil gold-digging villain. However, a silly story line is a Disney tradition, and all the fun comes from the twins' attempts at deception. The musical numbers are a highlight, written by award-winning Mary Poppins songwriters Robert and Richard M. Sherman, and featuring Mouseketeer Annette Funicello for the title song. As performed by Mills, the song "Lets Get Together" rose to the Top Ten in 1961. A timeless classic, The Parent Trap is a warm and humorous family film that is excellently corny.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Audio commentary featuring Hayley Mills; Five featurettes; Making-of footage; Interactive virtual tour of Disney archives; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hayley Mills Sharon McKendrick,Susan Evans
Maureen O'Hara Maggie McKendrick
Brian Keith Mitch Evers
Charlie Ruggles Charles McKendrick
Una Merkel Verbena
Leo G. Carroll Rev. Mosby
Joanna Barnes Vicky Robinson
Cathleen Nesbitt Louise McKendrick
Ruth McDevitt Miss Inch
Graham Denton Hecky
Linda Watkins Edna Robinson
Nancy Kulp Miss Grunecker
Frank deVol Mr. Eaglewood

Technical Credits
David Swift Director,Screenwriter
Philip W. Anderson Editor
Lucien Ballard Cinematographer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Robert O. Cook Sound/Sound Designer
Annette Funicello Songwriter
Hal G. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
George Golitzen Producer
Ub Iwerks Special Effects
Erich Kaestner Screenwriter
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Eustace Lycett Special Effects
Pat McNalley Makeup
Tommy Sands Songwriter
Richard M. Sherman Songwriter
Robert B. Sherman Songwriter
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Bill Thomas Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Parent Trap
1. Opening Credits/ "The Parent Trap" [3:53]
2. Camp Inch [6:39]
3. Saturday Night Dance [4:00]
4. Let the Punishment Fit the Crime [3:55]
5. Sisters! [6:42]
6. The Switch [5:42]
7. At Home In Boston [6:29]
8. A Day With Mother [1:18]
9. At Home In Carmel [:36]
10. Miss Robinson [:56]
11. Father-Daughter Talk [6:29]
12. Breaking the News [2:13]
13. Alexander Graham, 3 A.M. [2:05]
14. The Noon Flight [6:19]
15. A Storm Brewing [7:38]
16. Surprise! [4:02]
17. A Simply Delightful Woman [2:24]
18. Conspiracy [2:37]
19. "Let's Get Together" [5:06]
20. Camping Trip [7:08]
21. Submarined [8:26]
22. Part of the Fun [3:26]
23. What I Miss Most [:01]
24. The Craziest Dream / The End [6:34]

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Parent Trap 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off I want to say that I have seen parts of the Lindsay Lohan remake on TV and I thought it looked like a cute, entertaining movie but this original Hayley Mills version is my favorite. As a child of the 1970's I grew up watching this movie as it used to be shown on television a lot (this was before VCR's and DVD players) When I got a VCR in the 80's I bought this movie on video tape and then when it came out on DVD I immediately bought it and gave my old video tape away and I still love this movie and think Hayley Mills is outstanding as Sharon and Susan and Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith are superb too and I love this DVD with all of it's great extra features!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this film. It is one of few with a divorce that ends with a happy story. Maureen O'Hara and the late Brian Keith have wonderful chemistry and Hayley Mills pulls off the ''dual'' role. Great film to add to anyone's collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie. It would never have won an academy award, but then that was not the purpose of this film. It was meant to just be a silly fun film. My children also love this movie and needless to say they were extremely disappointed in the 1998 version. I thought the 1998 version was a horrible remake of a great movie. It really disappoints me when Disney tries to update a classic and they do not put the effort they should into it. I highly recommend this movie as opposed to the 1998 version.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a fan of the original movies. The 1998 version can't match, much less surpass the original Hayley Mills version. If you enjoy the older movies, watch this one, you won't be disappointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this film, and the story of twins trying to reunite their parents. I love the ending of this movie; a switch especially in such a tumultuous decade like the 1960's. Top notch family film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like this particular version of The Parent Trap a lot better than the 1998 version. In this movie (Mills) is played as a twin. Sharon and Susan meet at a summer camp and cannot get along well at all. They learn to get along and they switch places. They break the news about the switch to the parents and they switch back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HATE this film. Just plain pathetic, and TERRIBLE ACTING may i repeat TERRIBLE ACTING. i'm a big fan of the second 1998 version, but this 1 is just to stupid to be liked. thank you for listing to my critisim. -disapointed in Haley Mills