The Parent Trap (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Parent Trap1961

The Parent Trap (1961)




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Two identical twins (Hayley Mills) try to reunite their parents after a fourteen year estrangement. The two girls know nothing of each other until they meet one day quite by accident. They switch identities to meet the mother (or father) they never knew after being separated by the parent many years ago.

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Hayley Mills
as Sharon McKendrick/Susan Evers
Maureen O'Hara
as Maggie McKendrick
Brian Keith
as Mitch Evers
Charlie Ruggles
as Charles McKendrick
Una Merkel
as Verbena
Leo G Carroll
as Reverend Mosby
Joanna Barnes
as Vicky Robinson
Cathleen Nesbitt
as Louise McKendrick
Ruth McDevitt
as Miss Inch
Linda Watkins
as Edna Robinson
Nancy Kulp
as Miss Grunecker
Frank de Vol
as Mr. Eaglewood
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Critic Reviews for The Parent Trap

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (1)

Surprisingly, the film is delightful-mostly because of 15-year-old Hayley Mills, the blonde button nose who played the endearing delinquent in Tiger Bay.

March 9, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's just great romantic comedy writing.

March 12, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

There is a reason the original Parent Trap has stood the test of time. It's sweet without being sucky, and incredibly sophisticated for what is, ostensibly, a kids' movie.

August 22, 2017 | Full Review…

A nice and charming family comedy. [Full review in Spanish]

September 2, 2016 | Full Review…

Hayley Mills rocks in her dual role as twins.

January 1, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An enjoyable, corny Disney picture with a memorable soundtrack featuring tunes sung by Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello.

March 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Parent Trap


This is way duller than the Lindsay Lohan version, especially the romance between the parents.

Jennifer Xu
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

This is the original Disney film of The Parent Trap, and it's better than the remake, I think. It's fun and has good songs, and good actors too. I recommend it over the new one.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

The Parent Trap delivers nice, heartwarming, good, clean and funny entertainment to viewers of all ages! You'll love it! "You didn't know what a good thing you had when you had it."

Bentley Lyles
Bentley Lyles

Super Reviewer

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