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The Truth About Spring (1965)

During the 1960s, a Caribbean sailor and his tomboy daughter search for buried treasure but run into unsavory characters and a cute lawyer who's after romance.


Richard Thorpe


James Lee Barrett (screenplay), Henry De Vere Stacpoole (based upon a story by) (as Henry de Vere Stacpoole)


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Complete credited cast:
Hayley Mills ... Spring Tyler
John Mills ... Tommy Tyler
James MacArthur ... William Ashton
Lionel Jeffries ... José Carkez
Harry Andrews ... Judd Sellers
Niall MacGinnis ... Cleary
Lionel Murton Lionel Murton ... Simmons
David Tomlinson ... Charles Skelton


Tommy Tyler a lazy Caribbean sailor and his tom-boy daughter, Spring are out to search for a buried treasure. Tommy brings aboard William Ashton, a young lawyer to help with the search. Ashton turns out to be handy when they encounter dangerous rivals. Tommy also tries to play match maker between Ashton and Spring-a difficult task indeed. Written by Kelly

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Release Date:

31 March 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Jude See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor ®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the third movie in which Hayley Mills appeared with her father John Mills. The other two are The Parent Trap (1961), in which John Mills plays Brian Keith's golf caddy, and The Chalk Garden (1964). They also appeared together (along with sister Juliette Mills) on a 1979 episode of "The Love Boat". They also starred together in The Family Way 1966. See more »


After Spring and Ashton swim in a race from the sailboat to emerge on the beach, Spring's hair is wet, while Ashton's is dry. See more »


William Ashton: You don't think much of people, do you?
Spring Tyler: I don't know many of them. But if the ones I don't know are like the ones I know, then I don't want to know the ones I don't know.
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Remake of Satan's Sister (1925) See more »


The Truth About Spring
Music by Robert Farnon
Words by David Heneker
Sung by Danny Street
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Viewing For the Whole Family about coming of age teen
14 May 2004 | by zpzjonesSee all my reviews

I saw this on tv many times while growing up in the 70s. Strange it has never been released on home video of any kind and even stranger it doesn't show up on tv or cable or satellite much these days. The film stars father and daughter John and Haley Mills about a crusty old 'sea captain' with a teen daughter whose plum for leaving the nest. The girl has grown up basically as a Tomboy crew cut and all, plying the sea lanes in and around the Florida Keys and living a sea-going nomads life with her father, but is now physically looking more like a woman. She's rounding out and is about 17 or 18 years old, Mills's true age in 1964. A young man called Ashton(played by James MacArthur) comes into their lives and he is taken with and falls in love with Spring(Haley's character). As all birds do young Spring must leave the nest which means Spring and Tommy(John Mills) have to separate. This is touching as the only life this girl has known has been living on one derelict boat after another in and out of the Florida Keys. After pondering her decisions, Spring decides to accept Ashton's marriage proposal and Tommy gives his blessing as he approves of Ashton.

The movie is well photographed with bright rich easy colors and could almost pass off as any of the Disney movies Haley Mills is best remembered for. Very family friendly even though modern day pirate action is supposed to denote a touch of menace to the picture. Tommy and his cohorts are much too lovable for any 'Yo Ho Ho'. A cast of well-known British character actors add to the fun of this 'pseudo' pirate adventure ie: Harry Andrews, Niall MacGinnis, Lionel Jeffries as Tommy's cronies. This is a fun-for-all tale of a girl coming of age and for me it reminds of the tv show Flipper. It takes place in the same area that Flipper does(Florida Keys vicinity) and was released around the same time Flipper premiered on t.v. in the mid-60s. Yep a good fable about coming of age for the children to sit down and watch.

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