The Parent Trap (1961 film)

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The Parent Trap is a 1961 Walt Disney Technicolor film about teenage twin sisters (who had been separated when they were young) who swap places and scheme to reunite their divorced parents.

Directed and written by David Swift, based on the 1949 book Lottie and Lisa (Das Doppelte Lottchen) by Erich Kästner.

Other[edit]

  • Miss Inch: [reading from index cards] Welcome to Camp Inch, new arrivals. I am your supreme commander here. My name is... [turns to the next card and continues reading] Miss Inch. [frowns, looks back at the previous card in confusion, then re-reads the new one] Oh, yes, Miss Inch.

Dialogue[edit]

Ursala: I know! We'll wait until she comes over here and when she's not looking we'll dump ants down her dress!
Betsy: Where are we gonna find ants at night stupid?
Ursala: Ooo, just thinking about it makes me so mad I could just spit!

Ursala: The nerve of her! Coming here with your face!
Betsy: What are you gonna do about it?
Susan Evers: Do? What in heaven's sake can I do, silly?
Betsy: I'd bite off her nose. Then she wouldn't look like you.

Miss Inch: Congratulations. In the history of this camp, that was the most infamous, the most disgusting, the most revolting display of hooliganism we have ever had.
Miss Grunecker: Rolling around like hooligans in front of our guests.
Miss Inch: And worst of all, two sisters who should be setting a good example.
Susan Evers: We're not sisters!
Sharon McKendrick: I've never seen HER before in my life.
Miss Inch: They are! Aren't they?
Miss Grunecker: No ma'am. Just look-alikes.
Miss Inch: An amazing resemblance.

Susan Evers: Do you want to meet Father? And I'm just dying to know Mother. It might be so scary that we just might be able to pull it off.
Sharon McKendrick: Pull what off?
Susan Evers: Switch places!
Sharon McKendrick: Switch?
Susan Evers: We can do it. We're twins, aren't we? Oh, I'm just dying to know Mother! Look, now I'M getting goosebumps!
Sharon McKendrick: Me, too. You know something? There's more to it than just switching places. I believe fate brought us together.
Susan Evers: How so?
Sharon McKendrick: If we switched, sooner or later, they'd have to unswitch us.
Susan Evers: Mother would have to bring me to California to unmix us.
Sharon McKendrick: And they'd have to meet again.
Susan Evers: Face-to-face. Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Sharon McKendrick: Exactly.
Susan Evers: Let's go to work!

Vicky Robinson: You're a big girl now, Susan. You're old enough to understand that wonderful, delicate mystery that happens sometimes between a man and a woman.
Sharon McKendrick: I know what wonderful, delicate mystery Daddy sees in you. And I can't say I blame him there, either. You're very nicely put together.
Vicky Robinson: Your father underestimates you, I think.
Sharon McKendrick: I'm sure you won't, will you, Vicky?
Vicky Robinson: Susan, dear, you've had him to yourself all this time, and I can understand that suddenly to have another woman around, well, it's a tremendous intrusion. But all my life, it seemed, I've hoped and waited for someone like him: someone gentle and mature, rough-edged, but quick to laugh, someone understanding and wise. All the things that I've come to love and cherish in him.
Sharon McKendrick: Well, that's very refreshing.
Vicky Robinson: Why, dear?
Sharon McKendrick: Most girls just run after Daddy because he's so wealthy.
Vicky Robinson: [angrily] Are you inferring that I'd marry your father for his money?
Sharon McKendrick: If the shoe fits, wear it!
Vicky Robinson: Look, pet. I've tried to be friendly, but I'm going to marry your father, so you get used to the idea!
Sharon McKendrick: You wanna bet?
Vicky Robinson: Oh, honey, don't you play with the big girls. You'll be in way over your head.

Verbena: You didn't know what a good thing you had when you had it.
Mitch Evers: Huh?

Charles McKendrick: [Susan starts sniffing the coat he is wearing] My dear, what are you doing?
Susan Evers: Making a memory.
Charles McKendrick: Making a memory?
Susan Evers: All my life, when I'm quite grown-up I will always remember my grandfather and how he smelled of... [smells his jacket again] tobacco and peppermint.
Charles McKendrick: Smelled of tobacco and peppermint. [starts chuckling] Well, I'll tell you what. I take the peppermint for my indigestion and as for the tobacco... [looks around] to make your grandmother mad.

Mitch Evers: Ah Maggie, you're so beautiful.
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: [to brush it off] Ah...
Mitch Evers: No I mean it! I know I don't say things like you want to hear, but I've been thinking a lot about you, and us, and the way things used to be... this might sound funny to you but you know what I've missed most of all?
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Mitch?
Mitch Evers: What?
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: You've got stew all over you.
Mitch Evers: I don't care.
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Go and wash it off. [pause] What do you miss?
Mitch Evers: Well, I don't care if it does sound silly; I miss those wet stockings you used to have hanging around the bathroom, and I miss my razor being dull because you used it to shave your legs with. And I miss the hairpins mixed up with the fish hooks in my tackle box... it's no fun having a clothes closet all to myself. And it's no fun swearing because you're not around to make believe you're shocked by it. Well, nothing's any good without you Maggie, I miss a lot of things... I guess I just miss you!
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Why did you take so long to tell me?
Mitch Evers: I don't know... Well because, cause I guess I was hoping that you'd come back sometime. Maggie, I've been the prize chump of the world. We've both been. We're going to grow into a couple of old lonely people if we don't do something about it.
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: I know.
Mitch Evers: You don't want that, do you?
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: No Mitch.
[they kiss]
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Oh Mitch, it's been so long... so very long.
Mitch Evers: Don't cry. Listen, you can slug me in the eye anytime you want.
Margaret 'Maggie' McKendrick: Ok!

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