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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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Storyline

British musicologist Frances Ferris and her late teen niece Nicky Ferris are traveling 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, the young teen son of the proprietress Sophia, he who is fond of spouting current popular Americanisms in his slightly broken English, seeming to want them there. Frances and Nicky learn from Alexis that the unwelcoming feeling is all because of his maternal Uncle Stratos, 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, who they befriend. Nicky is too preoccupied with her own suspicions and mistrust of Stratos truly to see that there is something more ... Written by Huggo

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WALT DISNEY'S surprise in suspense! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Greek | Spanish

Release Date:

8 July 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Las hilanderas de la luna See more »

Filming Locations:

Agios Nicholaos, Crete, Greece See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This was the only film written by Michael Dyne, who regularly worked in television. See more »

Goofs

Nikky mentions she'll try the periscope out on the terrace. It's a telescope, not a periscope. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Frances Ferris: I don't know why one always thinks that foreigners will suddenly understand English if one shouts.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Mystery of the Ruins
Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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Simply Wonderful
21 July 2003 | by staisil2See all my reviews

The Moon-Spinners is by far a classic movie for your video collection. Besides great actors, this movie has every little speck of something for everyone. A fortune in stolen jewels, add a dash of danger, a pinch of romance, and season this movie with Alfred Hitchcock-like intrigue and comic flair, and you have a helluva movie for the entire family! 8 out of 10.


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