The Parent Trap

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The Parent Trap is the title of a movie by Walt Disney Corporation which was made twice, first in 1961 and a remake made in 1998.

The Parent Trap (1961)

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The Parent Trap, 1961

This story introduces twins Sharon and Susan (both played by Hayley Mills), who were separated as children by their divorced parents, and who accidentally meet during a summer at Camp Inch. Determined never to be separated again, the sisters decide to bring their parents, Mitch and Maggie, back together. In this they have a rival, the devious Vicky, who wants to marry Mitch for his money. But after a fateful camping trip, Vicky finds living with the twins is not worth it and flees, leaving Mitch and Maggie to reunite happily.

The film was shot mostly in California at various locales, including millionaire Stuyvesant Fish's 5,200-acre ranch in Carmel, Monterey's Pebble Beach golf course, and the studio's Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon, where Mitch's ranch was built. It was the design of this set that proved the most popular, and to this day the Walt Disney Archives receives requests for plans of the home's interior design. Of course, there never was such a house; the set was simply various rooms built on a sound stage. The careful use of double-exposure and split-screen shots, as well as a double for Hayley Mills, provided the illusion of the twins.

Directed by David Swift, the movie was awarded with two Academy Awards, one for Sound by Robert O. Cook, and the other for Film Editing by Philip W. Anderson. Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman provided the songs, which, besides the title song "The Parent Trap", include "For Now, For Always," and "Let's Get Together," and these too added to the film's enormous popularity. The film was rereleased theatrically in 1968, and released on video in 1984 and 1992. The Studio later produced three television sequels starring Hayley Mills.

The original story is based upon the German children's book Das doppelte Lottchen, by Erich Kästner.

Starring: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Charles Ruggles, Una Merkel.
Directed by: David Swift.
Produced by: George Golitzen.

The Parent Trap (1998)

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The Parent Trap, 1998

The story is about Hallie (Lindsay Lohan), a little girl growing up in Napa Valley with her vineyard-owner father, Nick Parker (Dennis Quaid). Her twin sister Annie (also Lindsay Lohan) is raised in fashionable London by her mother, Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson), a renowned wedding gown designer. Unaware of each other's existence, fate intervenes when the girls coincidentally meet at summer camp in Maine. Eager to meet their respective parents, the girls devise a scheme to switch places and ultimately, reunite their mom and dad. Their plan takes on urgent proportions when they learn their father has fallen for the young, beautiful and opportunistic Meredith Blake played by Elaine Hendrix.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Natasha Richardson, Lindsay Lohan, Elaine Hendrix, Lisa Ann Walter.
Directed by: Nancy Meyers.
Produced by: Charles Shyer.

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