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