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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.

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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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HAYLEY and a ROMANTIC STRANGER bound together by an ancient secret... too dangerous to share! See more »


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8 July 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A holdsugár-szövők  »

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

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This feature film was distributed in the USA with the forty minute Disney support short Yellowstone Cubs (1963) which had previously been released as part of a double-feature bill with Disney's Savage Sam (1963). See more »

Goofs

In the subtitles for the Walt Disney Film Classics Hayley Mills Collection DVD, it says twice "leopard growls". The problem is, the cat is a cheetah, not a leopard. 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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Soundtracks

The Moon-Spinners Song
Written by Terry Gilkyson
Performed by The Ron Grainer Orchestra
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"Moon-spinners/Spin me a moon tonight..."
15 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

From Walt Disney, an overly-involved story of jewel thieves and a young girl swept away by intrigue while vacationing in Crete. I understand why some say the film is sluggish or dull; it does drag, and has one too many plots going on, not to mention far too many characters who may-or-may-not be what they seem. However, Hayley Mills is enchanting as intrepid Nikky Ferris. She gets her ire up, gets to be silly, trades quips with Pola Negri (looking regal). Also fabulous: the dizzying sequence where Mills escapes villainous Eli Wallach by jumping from a windmill (beautiful camera-work and direction). Not a taut Hitchcockian mystery, but a good attempt at one. Terrific Terry Gilkyson theme song, fine supporting work from Wallach, Joan Greenwood and young Peter McEnery, who gives Hayley her first screen kiss. *** from ****


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