The Parent Trap (1961 film)

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The Parent Trap (1961) is a Disney film.[1][2] It stars Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith in a story about teenage twins and their divorced parents. The screenplay by the film's director David Swift was based upon the book Lottie and Lisa (Das Doppelte Lottchen) by Erich Kästner. Kastner derived his version from a Deanna Durbin film Three Smart Girls. The Parent Trap was nominated for two Academy Awards, was broadcast on television, saw three television sequels, was remade in 1998 with Lindsay Lohan, and has been released to VHS and DVD. The original film was Mills' second of six films for Disney.



Identical twins Sharon McKendrick and Susan Evers (Hayley Mills) make each other's acquaintance at summer camp, not realizing at first that they are indeed sisters. At first rivals, pulling pranks on each other, their mischief ruins the camp dance. Their punishment is to live together in an isolated cabin where they bond. After both admitted they have come from broken homes, they soon learn that their parents Maggie and Mitch (Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith) divorced shortly after the twins' birth, with each parent having custody of one daughter. The sisters, each dying to meet the parent they never knew, switch places in order to visit the parent they have never seen. While Susan is in Boston masquerading as Sharon, Sharon is in California masquerading as Susan.

Sharon calls Susan in Boston with the news that their father is planning to marry a gold-digger and their mother needs to be rushed to California to prevent the union. In Boston, Susan tells her mother the truth about the switched identities and the two fly to California.

With both parents and both twins in California, the twins set about (with some slight approval from their mother) sabotaging their father's marriage plans. Mitch's money-hungry girlfriend Vicki Robinson (Joanna Barnes) receives some rude, mischievous treatment from the girls and some veiled cattiness from Maggie. When Vicki is away for an evening, the girls stage a reprise of their parents' first date in Mitch's home with an Italian dinner and a gypsy violinist. The former spouses are gradually drawn together, however they quickly begin bickering over little things and Vicky. Feeling cheated, the twins decide to dress and talk alike so the parents can't tell them apart. They tell their parents they'll tell who is who if they agree to go with on the family camping trip together. The parents reluctantly agree.

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