At the Movies

This week we visited Hotel California on Wednesday and the beautiful Migis Lodge in Maine yesterday. Progressive California and traditional New England together suggests one summer movie classic, continuing from my last Hayley Mills theme and that of course is The Parent Trap. Those of a certain age surely have fond memories of this film. But I would bet that many of the younger readers have never even seen this original version.

I can’t tell you how many times I watched this film. Hayley Mills as twins – it certainly didn’t get any better – double the appeal of my then favorite star.

I’m sure you all know the story: girls at summer camp discover they are twins, separated shortly after birth by their divorcing parents – one sent to live with their mother in Boston and the other with their father on a ranch in California – and scheme to reunite their parents.

This was Disney’s single highest grossing film the studio had released up to that time and it’s easy to see why. The movie had a unique clever plot that appealed to both adults and children. Maureen O’Hara and Brian Keith (in his first comedy) as the twins’ parents had amazing on screen chemistry and of course Mills’ depictions of the two girls was brilliant, although I’ve read that she found it very challenging.

Other than idolizing Mills, I remember thinking how elegant and subtlely sexy Maureen O’Hara was – what a chic mother. Poor Brian Keith didn’t stand a chance.

She really shines in this film. One of the more humorous and charming scenes in this version is with Leo G. Carroll, who is really delightfully mischievous in his role as the reverend. And although hardly a secret, for those who didn’t already know this fun tidbit, Joanna Barnes, who plays Vicky in this clip, played Meredith’s mother, Vicky in the remake.

Of course one can’t talk about The Parent Trap without including the famous duet Hayley Mills performed with her “partner” self. You won’t be able to shake this little ditty after hearing it. So on this note, I wish you all a great summer weekend. Hoping you have a little time to get together with some of your family and/or friends as well.

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18 Responses to At the Movies

  1. Stacey says:

    A classic! Probably one of the few movies that i’ve happily watched again and again. Happy weekend! XX

  2. Vicki Archer says:

    I had forgotten all about this golden oldie …..but now you have reminded me of one of my very favourites growing up….I used to be so intrigued that Hayley could be on the screen as two different people at the same time! xv

  3. Oh I loved this movie but haven’t seen it since I was little. What a perfect suggestion for this week!

  4. Jane says:

    You have got to love those necklines on Miss O’Hara’s wardrobe! Great film…I so remember seeing this for the first time. A great childhood film…so different from Harry Potter…

  5. Jessica says:

    I love the original Parent Trap! brings a smile to my face!

  6. loved the original Parent Trap…amazing when as a kid I found out the two girls were really one playing the part of two…..way cool.. :)

  7. One of my all time favorite movies that I never get tired of watching!! Although I enjoyed and liked the remake very much the original in my opinion is still the best! Thanks for the reminder, when my niece comes to visit I bet she would love to see it.

  8. Mary Jo says:

    I need to rent this! I used to love Brian Keith in re-runs of Family Affair and it looks like a good summer late night movie! Thank you for this reminder, it’s so nice to find really great classics to watch. Hope you have a great weekend!

    xo Mary Jo

    p.s. Thank you for the giveaway tweet :)

  9. I used to love the parent trap and Brian Keith, I had a serious crush on him growing up. I sort of had this thing for Mr. French too from Family Affair…ah memories. I’m going to have to rent that movie!

  10. I’ve been thinking about this one since you posted on “The Trouble with Angels” and I was already humming the song before I got to the end of the post. This one was one of my top 5 favortie movies growing up, never could get enough. I wanted that ranch, actually still would love to have it :) I had a crush on eveyrone and everything in the film. VERY fun revisit!

  11. Stitchfork says:

    A favorite, and I just caught it last weekend on tv on a rainy afternoon!
    Have a fun-filled weekend Stacey!
    xo Cathy

  12. SO MUCH FUN. thanks for all your hard work delivering this.

  13. Love this film! Such a part of my youth. I saw it so many times. I can hear that song “Let’s Get Together” right now. And I loved when they went camping with their father and Vicky and the twins sabotaged the whole thing. The whole Boston/Monterey dichotomy with the parents. Just wonderful! Puts a smile on my face.

  14. One of m favorite movies, but would you believe I haven’t seen this version? I am going to buy it now.
    Have a great weekend, q.

  15. Mona thompson says:

    Oh you are certainly taking me back. I love the original Parent Trap. No telling how many times I’ve seen it.

  16. Melissah says:

    I just discovered your lovely blog. I look forward to popping by again for some more inspiration! I’m just new into blogging this year & have put together a daily blog on design, fashion, food, travel and anything pretty. and one on everything coastal
    I had a lot of fun putting them together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

  17. classiq says:

    As a big classic movies fan, I enjoyed this post very much! A lovely film! :)

  18. Jessica says:

    Brings back so many wonderful and nostalgic childhood memories! I’m glad the remake was so well done but there’s nothing like the original. Loved watching the clips…now I have a smile fixated on my face…thank you!
    xo J~

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