Monday, 21 November 2011

The Parent Trap (1961) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 129 mins.Year: 1961
Cast: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith

Disney Movie Rating:
80.43 out of 100. Total of 60 votes.

The Parent Trap (1961) Movie Description:

One of Disney's first departures from it's traditional targeted "kiddie" audience was 1961's The Parent Trap, which was directed at more of a "teen" demographic.

Starring Hayley Mills (in her second of six Disney productions), Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara, the film is a story about identical twins (both played by Mills) who meet at summer camp, not realizing they are actually sisters. Despising each other at first, they eventually bond when they are forced to share a cabin. They discover their parents were once married but divorced before their birth, and being curious about their real parents, they switch places, one returning to Boston, the other to California.

A gold-digging fiancee, a gypsy violinist, a reprisal of the parents' first date, and a disastrous camping trip with hungry bear cubs as unwelcome guests all figure in the twin's scheme to sabotage the father's impending wedding. Their plan works as the parents rekindle their love and re-marry, and the family is reunited.

The Parent Trap received two Academy Award nominations and was remade in 1998, with Lindsay Lohan starring.

A Scene from Parent Trap:

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Greyfriars Bobby (1961) Disney Movie

Rating: NRLength: 87 mins.Year: 1961
Cast: Donald Crisp, Laurence Naismith, Alex Mackenzie, Duncan Macrae, Andrew Cruickshank

Disney Movie Rating:
81.55 out of 100. Total of 23 votes.

Greyfriars Bobby (1961) Movie Description:

A true story about the heart-warming adventures of a loyal Scottish Skye Terrier named Bobby is the basis for the 1961 Disney film, Greyfriars Bobby.

Bobby is the pet of a Scottish farmer and his wife, but the dog's affections lie with the farm's hired hand, Auld Jock. Hard times ensue, Auld Jock is fired and moves to Edinburgh. Jock dies in poverty and is laid to rest in Greyfriar's Kirkyard, a cemetary. Every night, Bobby returns to sleep on Auld Jock's grave.

Despite numerous attempts to chase the dog away, Bobby always finds his way back. The neighborhood becomes enamored of Bobby, but when no one will take responsibility and pay for the dog's license, he faces death as a stray dog. The children of Edinburgh collect and contribute their pennies and Bobby is saved by the kindness of his human friends, adopted by the entire city of Edinburgh.

A Scene from Greyfriars Bobby:

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Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 126 mins.Year: 1960
Cast: John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacAruthur, Kevin Corcoran

Disney Movie Rating:
85.14 out of 100. Total of 172 votes.

Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Description:

The Robinson family is dealt a terrible blow when they find themselves shipwrecked on a deserted island. All is not lost as the family bands together to not only survive, but grow, flourish, and thrive in a spectacular house built in a tree. The Robinsons replace the conveniences of plumbing and electricity with the with teamwork and compassion.

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Toby Tyler (1960) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 96 mins.Year: 1960
Cast: Kevin Corcoran, Henry Calvin, Gene Sheldon, Bob Sweeney, Richard Eastham

Disney Movie Rating:
80.06 out of 100. Total of 25 votes.

Toby Tyler (1960) Movie Description:

Often called the "best circus movie ever made", Disney's Toby Tyler, based on an 1880 children's book "Ten Weeks With a Circus" by James Otis Kaler, is a guaranteed favorite regardless of the viewer's age or background.

Toby, an orphan living with his loving aunt and heartless uncle, runs away to join the circus after a big blow-up with the uncle. Toby meets a rather eccentric cast of characters, falling in with a chimpanzee, Mr. Stubbs, and Ben, an old circus jack-of-all-trades. Toby's adversary is Harry Tupper, an unscrupulous candy vendor, who insists that Toby's aunt and uncle have no use for him and don't want him back. Crushed, Toby throws himself fully into circus life, determined to make his aunt and uncle sorry for not caring. With the help of the charming Mr. Stubbs and the encouragement of Ben, Toby realizes that Harry Tupper lied to him. Toby makes his way back home to a happy reunion.

A Scene from Toby Tyle:

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Pollyanna (1960) Disney Movie

Rating: GLength: 134 mins.Year: 1960
Cast: Hayley Mills, Jane Wyman, Nancy Olson, James Drury, Reta Shaw

Disney Movie Rating:
80.7 out of 100. Total of 35 votes.

Pollyanna (1960) Movie Description:

The 1960 Disney film Pollyanna, introduced young British actress Hayley Mills to movie audiences, and she would go on to become a Disney regular, starring in a total of six Disney films by the age of nineteen.

Pollyanna is an orphaned girl who begins a new life with her rich Aunt Polly in a small town which is under the control of the sometimes difficult aunt. When the townspeople and Aunt Polly clash over the proposed building of a new orphanage, Pollyanna is caught in the middle of the dispute. Disobeying her aunt, Pollyanna sneaks off to attend a carnival organized to raise funds for the orphanage. An accident occurs, severely injuring her legs. Pollyanna's recovery is hindered by her sagging spirits due to the circumstances, but the townspeople gather to raise her spirits, and Aunt Polly arranges for the two of them to travel to Baltimore for surgery to repair her legs.

The cast includes many notable performers, including Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Richard Egan, Agnes Moorhead and Adolphe Menjou.

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