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 by||Emeric Pressburger|
|Produced by||Emeric Pressburger|
|Written by||Emeric Pressburger (screenplay)|
Erich Kästner (novel)
|Music by||Frederick Lewis|
|Edited by||Reginald Beck|
|Distributed by||London Film Productions|
|6 July 1953|
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.
- Hugh Williams...James Turner
- Elizabeth Allan...Carol-Anne Bailey
- Jack Hawkins...Dr. Mathews
- Yolande Larthe...Carol Turner
- Charmaine Larthe...Anne Bailey
- Violette Elvin...Florence la Riche
- Isabel Dean...Miss Burke
- Michael Gough...Mr. Lloyd
- Walter Fitzgerald...Professor Reynolds
- Jeanne Stuart...Mrs. Jamieson
- Producer, Director, Screenwriter...Emeric Pressburger
- (from Erich Kästner's novel "Das Doppelte Lottchen")
- Non-Original Music...Johannes Brahms and Carl Maria von Weber
- Cinematography...Christopher Challis
- Film Editor...Reginald Beck
- Camera operator...Freddie Francis
- Musical director...Frederick Lewis
- Kevin Macdonald (1994). Emeric Pressburger: The Life and Death of a Screenwriter. Faber and Faber. p. 335. ISBN 978-0-571-16853-8.