Saturday, October 15, 2016

How to Get Your Ex-Husband Back, According to Maureen O'Hara

There comes a point and time in a man or woman's life (especially the cinema life) that he or she wishes they hadn't gotten that divorce after all and try to win their ex back. The Parent Trap (1961) is a film that lays the steps out for us perfectly and clearly.

1. Get yourself a stylish haircut and wardrobe. You certainly don't want him to see you as a matronly woman, especially a "proper" one from Boston. Let him know you still have allure! Show of that fabulous figure! You will want to look your best next to his new, younger fiancé!

Before and after

2. Leave your lingerie in his bathroom. Make him realize what he's missing. Sure, he might get confused and think it's his daughters (did she grow up that fast?) but in his state of confusion he will have less energy to send you away or get involved in a fight between you or your daughters and his fiancé.

3. Recreate your first date (especially if it was romantic). Nothing will get a man in the mood better than good food, soft candlelight, and music. It will make him reminiscent and give him a glimpse of how his life could be if he goes back to you.

4. Reveal his fiancé's true colors. Send her on that camping trip instead. He will almost immediately see that she won't be a good companion for him and that she must just be after him for his money.

5. Make him your special stew when he gets back. Barefeet and a soft, clingy top in a color that goes well with your hair helps. Make an excuse to get him close to you (like get your apron knot too tight). He will really start to crave the home life he used to/could have. If you don't have him by then, see the next step.

6. If you need to, a good sock in the eye may help him see straight, no pun intended. That's right, let him know you don't need him. He'll come around.

7. And lastly, get help from your teenage daughter's. They can be immensely helpful in this sort of thing, especially if they are twins separated at birth ;)

And, in the words of Miss Inch, they "will all be one big, happy family."

How to DIY some of the costumes
Screenshots of the California Ranch House
The original puppets from the opening song!

This post is part of the Things I Learned From the Movies Blogathon hosted by Speakeasy and Silver Screenings. To learn more, check out all of the other fantastic posts!


  1. I adore this essay. I think it's one of my faves on your website.

    As for these very smart & practical tips, they should win back any ex-husband! If I ever come across anyone wanting to win back and estranged spouse, I shall send them here.

    Thanks so much for joining the blogathon with a look at this fun movie. It's been YEARS since I've seen it, and you've made me want to drop everything and see it again! :)

    1. Thank you!! I guess I should write more like this :)

      Yes, this seems like a pretty fool-proof way to me too.

      This was a fun blogathon!! Thanks again for hosting!

  2. Brilliant! It's hard to imagine anyone showing how it's done better than Maureen O'Hara. She absolutely sparkles in this film, doesn't she!

    I need to remember this for future reference in life. Thanks so much! :)

    1. Yes, she is the perfect "teacher." She pretty much sparkles in all of her films :)

  3. Enjoyed reading this, so many cool ideas people like you came up with for this blogathon, thanks for joining in!

  4. A very cool post about a very funny movie! I really liked the idea to "recreate your first date"!
    Don't forget to read my contribution to the blogathon! :)

    1. Thanks Le! That would be Sharon and Susan's idea ;)

  5. Hilarious...I not so sure if these would have worked on my ex...happily I did not try 😊

  6. Love this movie! Of course, it probably only works if you ARE Maureen O'Hara, but hey.