Walt Disney and Live Action

The Walt Disney Films of Hayley Mills

British child actress Hayley Mills starred in six films for Walt Disney: Pollyanna (1960), The Parent Trap (1961), In Search of the Castaways (1962), Summer Magic (1963), The Moon-Spinners (1964), and That Darn Cat (1965). The daughter of distinguished British actor Sir John Mills, Hayley soon became an international phenomenon in her own right, winning her own Academy Award as Best Juvenile Actress of the Year (for her role in Pollyanna) and receiving fan mail of 8,000 letters a week. Now you can go behind the scenes on each of Mills’ films for Walt Disney and explore how they came to be made in Walt Disney and Live Action by Disney historian John G. West.

Based on extensive research at the Disney Studio Archives as well original interviews with many of those who worked on the films of Hayley Mills, Walt Disney and Live Action is a must-have for anyone who loves the Disney films of Hayley Mills. Learn about the on-the-set pranks by her brother Jonathan, the deleted scenes from The Parent Trap and The Moon-Spinners, and the comments made by the actors and actresses who worked with Hayley. Find out which one of Hayley’s films was made to solve a problem Walt Disney had with his wife. And get to see rare never-before published photos of Hayley Mills at her 16th birthday celebration, riding her horse, and relaxing at home. Plus, learn about the meaning and making of many other Walt Disney live-action features, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Treasure Island, Mary Poppins, Davy Crockett, The Absent-Minded Professor, Swiss Family Robinson, and many, many more