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Moonfleet (1955)

Approved | | Adventure , Drama | June 1955 (UK)
A young orphan is sent to the village of Moonfleet, in Dorset, England to stay with his mother's former lover, who has the facade of a gentleman but is a leader of a gang of swashbuckling bootleggers. The duo went on a treasure hunt.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Jan Lustig (screenplay), Margaret Fitts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Jeremy Fox
George Sanders ... Lord Ashwood
Joan Greenwood ... Lady Ashwood
Viveca Lindfors ... Mrs. Minton
Jon Whiteley ... John Mohune
Liliane Montevecchi ... Gypsy
Melville Cooper ... Felix Ratsey
Sean McClory ... Elzevir Block
Alan Napier ... Parson Glennie
John Hoyt ... Magistrate Maskew
Donna Corcoran ... Grace
Jack Elam ... Damen
Dan Seymour ... Hull
Ian Wolfe ... Tewkesbury
Lester Matthews ... Major Hennishaw
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Storyline

Somewhere in eighteenth century Great Britain, noble, but penniless, young boy John Mohune is sent by his dying mother to Moonfleet, to put himself under the protection of a certain Jeremy Fox. The boy discovers that Fox is both a former lover of his mother and the leader of a gang of buccaneers. A strange friendship grows as their adventures go on. Written by Yepok

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Wild and wonderful as the thrill-packed novel that inspired it !

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Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

June 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Schloss im Schatten See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,955,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$567,000, 31 December 1955

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,574,000, 31 December 1955
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: Two hundred years ago the great heath of Dorsetshire ran wild and bleak down to the sea. Here, in hidden coves and lonely villages, the smuggling bands plied their violent trade. And here, one October evening of the year 1757, a small boy came in search of a man whom he believed to be his friend. See more »

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Right at the beginning of the film, when the little boy comes to, there's a shot where we can see the people surrounding him (as seen by the boy). But judging by the boy's place on the table in the next shot, he should be looking at the people upside down. See more »

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Referenced in Alice or the Last Escapade (1977) See more »

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Adventure and thrills set in 18th century splendidly directed and filmed in superb color
6 August 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

You have seldom seem a picture so crowed with excitement ¡ . It starts in Dortshire coast, Moonfleet , England, 1775 ,october , (Moonfleet is set in Dorset, England The Fleet refers to the land just west of Portland, Southern England ) a young boy named John Mohune (John Whiteley) is sent by his deceased mummy to seek Jeremy Fox (Stewart Granger) who is actually a rakish buccaneer . Then Fox puts him under his protection and is proceeded a special father-son relationship . The boy learns that Fox is both a ex-lover of his mum and the leader of a band of smugglers. Meanwhile both of whom look for and encounter a legendary lost diamond . Fox still haunted by the memory of the dying mother but also has another lover (Viveca Lindfords) who double-crosses him .

This classic adventure film contains emotion , intrigue , chills, and colorful scenarios. Wonderful relationship along with strong friendship is developed between the buccaneer perfectly incarnated by Stewart Granger and the newcomer boy . It contains dark moments in Hammer style as happens when the young boy journeys across an eerie world full of hanging trees , gallows , ghastly sculptures , and cemeteries plenty of coffins . Wonderful secondary cast full of prestigious secondaries as George Sanders , Joan Greenwood , Alan Napier , John Hoyt , Jack Elam , Ian Wolfe , among others . Impressive production design with glamorous sets by Hans Peters . Glimmer cinematography in superb Eastmancolor and CinemaScope by Robert Planck and mostly filmed in studios , during six weeks in 1954 , being exteriors shot in Oceanside , California. Thrilling and emotive musical score by Miklos Rozsa . The motion picture lavishly produced by also actor John Houseman is stunningly directed by Fritz Lang . Lang directed masterfully all kind of genres as Noir cinema as ¨Big heat , Scarlet Street and Beyond a reasonable doubt¨ , Epic as ¨Nibelungs¨, suspense as ¨Secret beyond the door, Clash by night¨ , Western as ¨Rancho Notorious and Return of Frank James ¨ and of course Adventure as ¨Moonfleet¨ . This good adventure drama with lots of exciting and thrilling moments will appeal to Stewart Granger fans . Rating : Better than average , resulting to be a marvellous stylised version of the Great Britain coast in the 19th century . Worthwhile watching .


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