Saturday, October 29, 2011

Screen Gem Saturdays: Maureen O'Hara & The Parent Trap

Although released 50 years ago, the original "The Parent Trap" is still one of the most beloved Disney films of all time. I still have not seen the Lindsay Lohan remake; I've been told it's good too, but sorry...if I'm going to watch "The Parent Trap," it will be the original. Hayley Mills is double dynamite, playing both twins. If you can get past her unexplained British accent (mom is a strict Bostonian and dad is a carefree golfer in Monterey), you'll be bowled over by her performance. When it was released, divorce was a taboo subject. The film is very frank in its depiction of the heart-wrenching effects a divorce can have on the kids, but have no fear...a happy ending prevails as true love conquer least until the credits begin to roll.

Besides Mills, Maureen O'Hara is also a crucial piece of the success puzzle for "The Parent Trap." Her transformation from strait-laced Bostonian to…

the modern California woman is still fresh today. She lights up each scene with her auburn beauty and natural acting style.

From the moment she flirts with the minister to the heartbreaking scene where she reunites with her ex Mitch (Brian Keith) in the kitchen while preparing dinner, it is difficult to take your eyes off of her.

Here's to Maureen O'Hara - a legendary actress of the Silver Screen!

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Susette said...

One of my all-time favorite Disney movies....and I'm with you...if I'm going to watch The Parent Trap, it must be the original. Maureen O'Hara's performance is fabulous, and still relevant today.

Connie Moreno said...

Don't know why but I never cared for Haley Mills. (Sorry, Dave!) I remember going to see this movie and her accent kept distracting me, LOL!!

I also didn't realize just how stunning Maureen O'Hara was!

David Whitford said...

Another film which also stars Maureen O'Hara
is Miracle on 34th Street- this was also re-
made more recently. There again- why watch
the remake if the original is so classic?

(Although I will admit that I liked both ver-
sions of True Grit...)

Mike, Studio City said...

I love Hayley.

Mark Taft said...

Maureen O'Hara- one beautiful woman!