David Swift


David “Dave” Swift (July 27, 1919 – December 31, 2001) was an American screenwriter, animator, director, and producer. He began his career at The Walt Disney Studio as an office boy and rose to be an assistant animator. He attracted acclaim as the creator of the sitcom Mister Peepers (1952 – 1955), with Wally Cox, Tony Randall, Patricia Benoit, Marion Lorne, and Jack Warden. He also created the TV shows Grindl (1963 – 1964), with Imogene Coca and James Millhollin; Camp Runamuck 1965 – 1966), with Arch Johnson, David Ketchum, Dave Madden, and Alice Nunn; and Arnie (1970 – 1972), with Herschel Bernardi, Sue Ane Langdon, and Roger Bowen.

Swift is best known for writing and directing the Hayley Mills starring vehicles Pollyanna (1960), with Jane Wyman, Karl Malden, Richard Egan, Nancy Olson, Adolphe Menjou, Donald Crisp, Agnes Moorehead, and Kevin Corcoran; and The Parent Trap (1961), with The Parent Trap (1961), with Maureen O’Hara, Brian Keith, Joanna Barnes, Charlie Ruggles, Cathleen Nesbitt, Una Merkel, and Crahan Denton.

His other directing credits include The Interns (1962), with Michael Callan, Cliff Robertson, James MacArthur, Nick Adams, Haya Harareet, and Suzy Parker; Love Is a Ball (1963), with Glenn Ford, Hope Lange, Charles Boyer, Ricardo Montalbán, Telly Savalas, Ruth McDevitt, and Ulla Jacobson; Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963), with Jack Lemmon, Carol Lynley, Dean Jones, Edie Adams, Coca, Paul Lynde, and Robert Lansing; Good Neighbor Sam (1964), with Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, Michael Connors, Edward Andrews, Louis Nye, Robert Q. Lewis, and Edward G. Robinson; and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967), with Robert Morse, Rudy Vallee, and Michele Lee.

Swift also co-wrote screenplays for Norman Tokar’s Candleshoe (1977), with Jodie Foster, David Niven, Helen Hayes, and Leo McKern; Richard T. Heffron’s Foolin’ Around (1980), with Gary Busey, Annette O’Toole, Cloris Leachman, William H. Macy, Randall, and Eddie Albert; and Nancy Meyers’s remake of The Parent Trap (1998), with Lindsay Lohan, Natasha Richardson, and Dennis Quaid.

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  • Pollyanna (1960) – director, writer
  • The Parent Trap (1961) – director, writer
  • Poor Mr. Campbell (1962) – director, writer – TV short
  • The Interns (1962) – director, co-writer
  • Love Is a Ball (1963) – director, co-writer
  • Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963) – director, co-writer
  • Good Neighbor Sam (1964) – director, co-writer
  • How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1967) – director, writer
  • Candleshoe (1977) – directed by Norman Tokar – co-writer
  • Foolin’ Around (1980) – directed by Richard T. Heffron – co-writer
  • The Parent Trap (1998)* – directed by Nancy Meyers – co-writer