THE PARENT TRAP (1961 USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.8|5.0 Starsìììì

The Parent Trap—loveable and innocent film. They just don’t make these the same anymore. The innocence is there. Great acting accompanied with superb portrayal of storyline makes this film just plain enjoyable for the whole family. Brian Keith and Maureen O’Hara work well together; the chemistry is terrific. Hayley Mills plays the double script for both twin sisters. She performs so well that you think it’s two different girls acting two different parts. The rest of the cast are a compliment to the main actors.

Storyline

Susan Evers (Hayley Mills) meets Sharon McKendrick (Hayley Mills), at summer camp. They soon find, after they are forced to room together by the camp host, that they not only look alike but are indeed sisters. They work a plan to put their Mother, Maggie McKendrick (Maureen O’Hara), and Father, Mitch Evers (Brian Keith), together again. Part of the plan is switching places so that each girl can experience the parent that they missed during their childhood years.

Additional Thanks

Best Work for Director David Swift. Thank you to Producer Walt Disney for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Charles McKendrick (Charles Ruggles), Verbena (Una Merkel), Reverend Doctor Mosby (Leo G. Carroll), Vicky Robinson (Joanna Barnes), Louise McKendrick, (Cathleen Nesbitt), Miss Inch (Ruth McDevitt), Hecky (Crahan Denton), Edna Robinson (Linda Watkins), and Miss Grunecker (Nancy Kulp).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Yes. Definitely. The film is a superb portrayal of Hayley Mills and a real treat for the whole family. Brian Keith is a great contrast to Maureen O’Hara.

Ben Meyers

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