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The Parent Trap Details


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. Maureen O'Hara was based on Maureen O'Hara 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 Erich Kastner 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 role(s), 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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:June 21, 1961


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Hayley Mills Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1961 Nominee


Hayley Mills
as Sharon McKendrick
Hayley Mills
as Susan Evans
Maureen O'Hara
as Maggie McKendrick
Brian Keith
as Mitch Evers
Charlie Ruggles
as Charles McKendrick
Una Merkel
as Verbena
Leo G. Carroll
as Rev. Mosby
Joanna Barnes
as Vicky Robinson
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Louise McKendrick
Ruth McDevitt
as Miss Inch
Nancy Kulp
as Miss Grunecker
Frank De Vol
as Mr. Eaglewood


George Golitzen
Erich Kastner
Book Author
Lucien Ballard
Robert B. Sherman
Annette Funicello
Richard M. Sherman
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Robert Clatworthy
Art Director
Emile Kuri
Set Designer
Eustace Lycett
Special Effects
Ub Iwerks
Special Effects
Pat McNalley