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The Moon-Spinners (1964)

Travelling through Crete to collect folk songs for the BBC, a British teen and her aunt stumble upon local criminals who are peddling gems stolen from a London bank.

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Michael Dyne (screenplay), Mary Stewart (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Nikky Ferris
Eli Wallach ... Stratos
Peter McEnery ... Mark Camford
Joan Greenwood ... Aunt Frances Ferris
Irene Papas ... Sophia
John Le Mesurier ... Anthony Gamble
Paul Stassino ... Lambis
Sheila Hancock ... Cynthia Gamble
Michael Davis ... Alexis
André Morell ... Yacht Captain (as Andre Morell)
George Pastell ... Police Lieutenant
Tutte Lemkow ... Orestes
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ... Hearse Driver
Harry Tardios Harry Tardios ... Bus Driver
Pamela Barrie Pamela Barrie ... Ariadne
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British musicologist Frances Ferris (Joan Greenwood) and her late teen niece Nikky Ferris (Hayley Mills) are travelling through Crete recording Greek folk songs for the BBC. In the usually quiet coastal town of Aghios Georgios, they manage to get a room at an inn called "The Moon-Spinners", despite the people at the inn being busy preparing for a wedding, and no one there, except Alexis (Michael Davis), the young teen son of the proprietress Sophia (Irene Papas), he who is fond of spouting current popular Americanisms in his slightly broken English, seeming to want them there. Frances and Nikky learn from Alexis that the unwelcoming feeling is all because of his maternal Uncle Stratos (Eli Wallach), who has become a man suspicious of anyone ever since his recent return from London after being away for fifteen years. Beyond those there for the wedding, the only other guest at the inn is a young Englishman named Mark Camford (Peter McEnery), who they befriend. Nikky is too preoccupied ... Written by Huggo

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HAYLEY... on a Carefree Holiday... suddenly plunged into the strange world of [The Moon-Spinners] See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

At the time of filming, Joan Greenwood (Aunt Frances Ferris) was married to André Morell (Yacht Captain). See more »

Goofs

Mark and Nikkie should have been suspicious when the counsel requested they leave the gun behind. The upper-class British were heavily into hunting and shooting sports. See more »

Quotes

Mark Camford: You believe me don't you?
Nikky Ferris: About the girl?
Mark Camford: No, about ME.
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Connections

Referenced in The Parent Trap II (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Lemons and Verbena
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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Here's to the Ladies
22 February 2001 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

No classic, but very pleasing, old-fashioned, middlebrow entertainment of a kind we used to take for granted. A little comedy, a little romance, a lot of action, plenty of eye-filling locations, and, in particular, a trio of wonderful women. Hayley's charming in one of her first puppy-love roles; Joan Greenwood, of the delicious voice, is, as always, indispensable; and Pola Negri does some spirited scenery-chewing in a prominent cameo. They thoroughly outclass the men, including a hammy Eli Wallach and a pallid Peter McEnery.

Nothing about it is exceptional, but everything about it is at least competent. The direction is a little obvious: Every time a Maguffin appears in the script, Neilson pulls in for a close-up. Perhaps that's a sop to help the kiddies follow the story, though, despite the Disney imprimatur, it's not really a little-kids' film. On the contrary, it's one of Disney's least cloying, and one of the most appealing for grownups.


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

8 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Agios Nicholaos, Crete, Greece See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.66 : 1
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