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Not the first parent trap.
The parent trap was biased off a book called, "Das doppelte Lottchen (The double Lottie)", written by Erich Kaster in 1949 .
Identical twins switch places.
- Brian Greer
The first 5-minutes is slow and boring, but after that the movie is interesting and moves at a good pace. Lots of good Jitterbug dancing. The twin girls are charming. Their boyfriends are confused; not knowing there are two of them.
Better Version of "The Parent Trap"
- James-Clifton Spires
Great earlier version of "The Parent Trap." The Wilde twins' best movie, with great performances by Jimmy Lydon and Marshall Thompson as their confused boyfriends. Notable especially for its swing dance sequences, featuring top professional dancing couples of the day.
The Original Parent Trap?
- James-Clifton Spires
This movie is a classic 1940s "B" movie, but its very much an A quality film. The actors all looked like they were having a great time with the silly story of a set of twins, separated by their parents' divorce, who switch roles in order to get the parents back together. Sound familiar? Yep, it's an earlier version of "The Parent Trap," with a real set of twins --- pretty Lee and Lyn Wilde --- instead of two Hayley Millses. The Wilde twins were fairly talented ingenues, and this is their best showcase. Also good are Jimmy Lydon, much more mature than "Henry Aldrich" and a very young Marshall Thompson. Gail Patrick Jackson and Preston Foster are fine as the parents, and Gloria Hale has a fine comic turn as a nasty reporter who wants to marry Foster. There's a lot of slapstick involving the Wilde twins, and the climax is a great swing dance sequence, which features some of the best professional swing dancers of the day. Also, you just gotta love a movie that features a Latin jazz sequence with Ethel Smith at the organ. Great movie to sit through with a few movie-loving friends, some cold beer and a popcorn. Make room in the family room so you can get up and dance.
Yay for Lindy!
As gale said, the dancing posted on youtube was great! The movie looks very cute, (the parent trap was always one of my favorite stories). Mix that with great music and great dancing...I totally want to see it!! TCM, please bring this movie back!!!
- Gale of Sacramento
I just caught a glimpse of the dancing in this picture on YouTube. I have never seen the movie despite the fact I am a movie lover and major TCM fan. The dancing is really great -- nice long views of the couples doing the Lindy Hop and other Swing styles. Please show it soon!