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The Moon-Spinners1964

The Moon-Spinners (1964)





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Disney produced this distilled Hitchcockian suspense yarn, diluted for the consumption of children. Hayley Mills stars as Nikky Ferris who is spending time in Crete at a small inn called The Moon-Spinners with her Aunt Frances (Joan Greenwood). One day Nikky discovers a handsome young man, Mark Camford (Peter McEnery), wounded in an empty church nearby. It turns out that Mark was once a London bank messenger, but he lost his job after a major jewel robbery. Tagged as a suspect, Mark has made his way to the inn to gather evidence against the inn's owner, Stratos (Eli Wallach), who Mark thinks is the real jewel thief. Nikky and Mark fall in love and decide to capture Stratos together. Silent screen vamp Pola Negri makes a luminous appearance as a jewelry aficionado.

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Hayley Mills
as Nikky Ferris
Eli Wallach
as Stratos
Peter McEnery
as Mark Camford
Joan Greenwood
as Aunt Frances Ferris
Sheila Hancock
as Cynthia Gamble
Pola Negri
as Mme. Habib
John Le Mesurier
as Anthony Gamble
André Morell
as Yacht Captain
George Pastell
as Police Lieutenant
Tutte Lemkow
as Orestes
Steve Plytas
as Hearse Driver
Harry Tardios
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for The Moon-Spinners

All Critics (4)

Part holiday romance, part crime caper, this classic Disney adventure is full of mystery and suspense from the off that makes for an an entertaining jaunt.

October 13, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It is an oddly mature film for Disney in the 1960s.

June 15, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Strange but intriguing Disney starring growing up Hayley Mills.

August 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/5

An interesting premise, but that's about it.

January 28, 2005 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Moon-Spinners

I absolutely adore this film. I was a great fan of Hayley Mills when I was a kid. I'm head over heels in love with Crete. The supporting characters and the actors who portray them are brilliant, especially Sheila Hancock, the kid and Eli Wallach. I read the Mary Stewart story it's based on and the film betters it. You'll fall for the charms of a teenage Hayley Mills or her debonair love interest, the gorgeous island of Crete and the sheer silliness that overtakes the thriller aspects. It shouldn't work, but a thiller farce set in beautiful surroundings with superb acting, genius!

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