• The Parent Trap (1961)

The Parent Trap

Release Date: 1961

DVD Release Date: May 7th, 2002

G |2 hr 4 min

Plot Summary

Two identical twin sisters, separated at birth by their parents' divorce, are reunited years later at a summer camp, where they scheme to bring their parents back together. The girls, one of whom has been living with their mother and the other with their father, switch places after camp and go to work on their plan, the first objective being to scare off a gold-digger pursuing their father.

Cast: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charlie Ruggles, Una Merkel, Leo G. Carroll, Joanna Barnes, Cathleen Nesbitt

Director: David Swift

Genres: Children , Comedy

Production Co: Walt Disney Productions

Keywords: Love , Friendship , Amusing , Mother , Playful , Quest , Father , 1960s ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70

    David Swift, whose writing, direction and appreciation of young Hayley Mills’ natural histrionic resources contributed so much to Pollyanna, repeats the three-ply effort on this excursion, with similar success. show more

  • 80

    Surprisingly, the film is delightful—mostly because of 15-year-old Hayley Mills, the blonde button nose who played the endearing delinquent in Tiger Bay. The important thing about a children's picture is that children like it. If they are old enough to enjoy some mild mush and young enough to know childhood's most prized secret—that all adults are boobs—they should like this one. show more

  • 80
    Los Angeles Times

    A charming comedy, liberally laced with slapstick. [26 Dec 1986, p.27]

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