Twice Upon a Time (1953 film)

Twice Upon a Time is a 1953 British comedy film directed by Emeric Pressburger and starring Hugh Williams, Elizabeth Allan, Yolande Larthe, and Charmaine Larthe. Based on the book Lottie and Lisa by Erich Kästner. It concerns twin sisters who are separated when their parents divorce. They meet again by accident when they are sent to the same summer camp, and they hatch a plan to reunite their parents.

Twice Upon a Time
Theatrical release poster
Directed byEmeric Pressburger
Produced byEmeric Pressburger
Written byEmeric Pressburger (screenplay)
Erich Kästner (novel)
StarringHugh Williams
Elizabeth Allan
Yolande Larthe
Charmaine Larthe
Music byFrederick Lewis
CinematographyChristopher Challis
Edited byReginald Beck
Distributed byLondon Film Productions
Release date
6 July 1953
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Lotte and Lisa had already been adapted into the films Two Times Lotte (1950) and Hibari no komoriuta (1951). Twice Upon a Time was the first English-language film adaptation; the story was later adapted as The Parent Trap (1961) and has been remade a number of times in English and many other languages.

The film is the only solo directing credit for Pressburger, whose other directing credits are in association with Michael Powell.




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