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The Moon-Spinners (1964) Poster

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Final film of actress Pola Negri who had been retired for about twenty years when Walt Disney himself convinced her to come out of retirement to make this film.
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Despite good reviews, and Hayley Mills' popularity with young audiences at the time, the film failed at the box office. Rather than being re-issued in theaters, it was initially shown two years later, in three parts, on the Disney Sunday night TV show.
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The name of the pet cheetah that belonged to Madame Habib (Pola Negri) was "Shalimar".
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Actor Eli Wallach and actress Hayley Mills comprehensively discussed their work on this film with the late actress Pola Negri in the 2006 documentary Life Is a Dream in Cinema: Pola Negri (2006).
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The meaning and relevance of the film's "The Moon-Spinners" title is that it refers to a Cretan inn hotel owned by Sophia (Irene Papas) where Nikky (Hayley Mills) and Aunt Frances Ferris (Joan Greenwood) stay. In the movie, it is also referred by a character as being a Greek restaurant in Soho.
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At the time of filming, actress Joan Greenwood (Aunt Frances Ferris) was married to actor André Morell (Yacht Captain).
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In the book "The James Joyce Murder" by Amanda Cross, most of the cast go to a drive-in and see a movie which is obviously this film.
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The film was made and released about two years after its source novel of the same name by Mary Stewart had been first published in 1962.
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This major motion picture's opening title card read: "The Island of Crete".
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Fifth of six films that the then young actress Hayley Mills made with the Walt Disney Pictures film studio.
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The penultimate live-action film in which Walt Disney in his life-time was billed as a producer.
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Debut produced screenplay for a cinema movie for writer Michael Dyne. The film remains the first, final and only ever theatrical feature film script of Dyne who regularly worked in television.
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The old Greek church seen in the movie was not authentic but a set construction built by the production for the picture.
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The movie's MacGuffin was a collection of stolen emerald gemstone jewels.
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The central character of Nikky Ferris (Hayley Mills) in the movie's source novel of the same name by Mary Stewart was somewhat younger than she is in this film version.
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This motion picture's television debut in 1966 was launched at a big lavish expense.
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The film was broken up into three parts for screenings over three nights when the picture debuted on television.
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One of the most notable Hitchcockian style thriller scenes in the picture was the windmill suspense sequence. Alfred Hitchcock had previously directed one in 1940's Foreign Correspondent (1940) around a quarter of a century earlier.
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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).
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In the film's source novel of the same name by Mary Stewart the lead character of Nikky Ferris (Hayley Mills) travels alone but in this movie adaptation she is accompanied by her Aunt Frances Ferris (Joan Greenwood).
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Known for being a child star at the time actress Hayley Mills had actually turned eighteen years of age around the time that this picture was made and released.
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The pet big cat belonging to Madama Habib (Pola Negri) was originally supposed to be a domestic cat in the movie's original film script but at Negri's suggestion it was changed to a cheetah.
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The picture was filmed in the style of a Hitchcockian mystery-suspense movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
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