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Wonderful 40s movie
What makes this movie wonderful is that it captures the beautiful era of swing dance. I imagine teenagers who watched this in 1945 wanted to be the characters and get in on the shenanigans. The script isn't overly complicated but the energy you see on screen throughout the movie makes up for it. The gorgeous dance sequences with many recognizable faces will make you get up and dance too. Gail Patrick and Preston Foster are a gorgeous foil for each other as a career gal (if not somewhat OCD) and a slightly roguish career man (if not somewhat pedantic about his views on women). The Wilde twins lay it all out with their slang and dance movies. Who wouldn't be enchanted with this movie?While people call it a "precursor" to "The Parent Trap", it really isn't even related to it. This movie was released in 1945. The book "Das doppelte Lottchen" (The Double Lotties)by Erich Kstner wasn't published until 1949, making this a wonderful stand alone film. (One has to wonder if the book's author had seen this movie....). SPOILER: The biggest difference between this movie and the book is that the girls didn't meet at camp, are older, they knew of each other and each parent when they decided to switch. In the movie, the comedy is behind the girls keeping up appearances for not just the parents, which was easy, but for their friends and acquaintances. The film mirrors the book in that a parent is about to remarry, however, while comedy ensues in this film to keep them apart, in the book, a child becomes ill and begs her parents to be together so she can be with her sister.
- el debbo
The dialogue in the movie is really smart and funny throughout. The twins and their teen friends are fresh, clever, and not at all submissive, which I loved! Instead of that era's wait-for-a-date girls, the Wilde twins are movers and shakers, getting what they want no matter how much moxie was required. Compare them to "Orchestra Wives"!!I was so happy to find this on youtube and enjoyed every minute. Kept wondering where I'd seen the mother, Gail Patrick, before. Oh yes, it was back in 1936 when she played the evil Cornelia Bullock in "My Man Godfrey". Everyone who writes a review of Twice Blessed mentions Parent Trap, but it never crossed my mind that they were the same or similar or had anything to do with each other. The Twice Blessed twins had SO MUCH MORE goin' on!!
- Sue Smither
My husband and I love, and have, all the versions of "Parent Trap". I'm sure we will enjoy this version also. We would really love the own it on Home Video. Based on the original book, it is certainly worth seeing.
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!