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. Swift's screenplay, based on Erich Kastner's book, Das doppelte Lottchen, describes the nimble-witted method by which identical twin sisters (both played by Mills) succeed in reuniting their estranged parents after a 14-year separation during which the sisters were parted, unbeknownst to them, in opposite parental camps.

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. Swift’s screenplay, based on Erich Kastner’s book, Das doppelte Lottchen, describes the nimble-witted method by which identical twin sisters (both played by Mills) succeed in reuniting their estranged parents after a 14-year separation during which the sisters were parted, unbeknownst to them, in opposite parental camps.

Mills seems to have an instinctive sense of comedy and an uncanny ability to react in just the right manner. Overshadowed, but outstanding in his own right, is Brian Keith as the father. Maureen O’Hara’s durable beauty makes the mother an extremely attractive character.

1961: Nominations: Best Editing, Sound

The Parent Trap

Production

Walt Disney. Director David Swift; Producer Walt Disney; Screenplay David Swift; Camera Lucien Ballard; Editor Philip W. Anderson; Music Paul Smith; Art Director Carroll Clark, Robert Clatworthy

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 129 MIN.

With

Hayley Mills Maureen O'Hara Brian Keith Charles Ruggles Una Merkel Leo G. Carroll
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