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We get a double dose of Hayley Mills in this Disney vehicle: she plays 13-year-old identical twins Susan and Sharon, who meet for the very first time in summer camp. They soon learn that they were separated at a very early age when their parents Mitch and Maggie Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara divorced. On a lark, the girls switch places: the one living with Mitch goes back home with Maggie, and vice versa. Mitch is planning to remarry the "wrong woman," vituperative Vicky Joanna Barnes. The twins conspire to ...
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We get a double dose of Hayley Mills in this Disney vehicle: she plays 13-year-old identical twins Susan and Sharon, who meet for the very first time in summer camp. They soon learn that they were separated at a very early age when their parents Mitch and Maggie Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara divorced. On a lark, the girls switch places: the one living with Mitch goes back home with Maggie, and vice versa. Mitch is planning to remarry the "wrong woman," vituperative Vicky Joanna Barnes. The twins conspire to reunite their parents, but the road to reconciliation is rough indeed. It takes a slapsticky camping trip to get rid of the troublesome Vicky and to prompt Mitch and Maggie to renew their vows. The film introduced a hit song, "Let's Get Together," which represented the high point of Hayley Mills' very short-lived recording career. The Parent Trap was based on Das Doppelte Lottchen, a novel by Erich Kastner, which had previously been filmed in German and British versions real twins were cast in both; over thirty years after Parent Trap was theatrically released, a short series of sequels were made for the Disney Channel cable service, with a grown-up Mills back in her original roles, and two sets of second-generation twins. Baby Boom collaborators Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer would remake the film with a new cast in 1998.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/1997
  • UPC: 786936028607
  • Original Release: 1961
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

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 De Vol 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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My Favorite Hayley Mills Movie!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Stick with the classics

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really Great Movie!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Top notch happy ending

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They didn't have a 0 stars button avalible

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great film with lots of laughs!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2000

    Great movie!

    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.

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