The Moon-spinners

The Moon-spinners

Downloadable Video - 1964
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Start with a fortune in stolen jewels. Add a dash of danger. A pinch of romance. Season with Hitchcock-like intrigue and comic flair. What do you have? A mystery thriller for the whole family. Set against the sun-bleached beauty of the Isle of Crete, the story pits a young English tourist (Hayley Mills) against a wily Greek jewel thief (Eli Wallach). Mistaken identities and perilous escapes - including a nail-biting battle with a windmill - lead the junior-miss detective to a final confrontation aboard the yacht of an eccentric millionairess (Pola Negri) with a passion for priceless gems and pet cheetahs!
Publisher: [United States] : Walt Disney Productions : Made available through hoopla, 1964
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 119 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: Moonspinners

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ManMachine
Jan 26, 2018

Back in the early 1960's - Hayley Mills was easily recognizable as one of the most idealized movie-teens of that era. This was the era of "so-called" innocence before the drug-crazed counter-culture bulldozed its way into our collective consciousness, utterly destroying that innocence forever.

Pretty, blonde, bright, and a very competent, young actress in her own right - Mills starred in numerous light-weight comedy/dramas throughout the early part of that shaky decade. The Moon-Spinners was definitely one of Mills' better films.

Released in 1964 - The Moon-Spinners was intended to be Disney's attempt at some "Hitchcock"-like intrigue, with a touch of sugar-coated comedy and romance thrown in for good measure.

The Moon-Spinners may be just light-weight drama to most, but, all the same, it is thoroughly enjoyable movie-entertainment for all ages.

As an added bonus - Silent-Screen star, Pola Negri appeared in this flick as the wicked villainess, Madame Habib. Negri had been absent from the screen since 1943.

navy_horse_152 Apr 10, 2016

I think Hayley Mills was PERFECT for the movie if you like mysteries this movie is for you. I was in suspense the first time I ever watched it . If you watch with younger children they might not under stand whats going on.

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KatherineHere
Feb 27, 2016

Hayley Mills wasn't right for the part.

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

If you can ignore a few plot holes and a suspiciously long string of convenient coincidences this big budget Walt Disney thriller is actually quite entertaining. Director James Neilson avoids much of the syrupy twaddle one expects from the studio and replaces it with some gorgeous technicolor location shots and elaborate sets including the seaside ruins of an ancient temple, a raucous pagan celebration, and an eerie old church complete with mouldering subterranean crypt. An especially well executed scene involving an escape from a locked windmill would have made Hitchcock smile. The performances are generally above par notably Joan Greenwood as the matronly aunt and legendary Irene Papas as the unhappy innkeeper with an advanced case of prickly conscience thanks to her brother’s illicit schemes. Even a browned and accented Eli Wallach puts in a convincing performance as the evil uncle Stratos and silent film star Pola Negri’s cameo as an eccentric heiress is pure camp. A fun family romp whose sense of peril never wanders far from a solid “G” rating.

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GenieLaroche
Jun 06, 2013

5 & 7 year girls enjoyed this

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navy_horse_152 Apr 10, 2016

navy_horse_152 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 4

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