The Moon-spinners

The Moon-spinners

Streaming 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!
Audience: Rated G
Publisher: [United States] : Walt Disney Productions : Made available through hoopla, 1964
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
E-VIDEO
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (ca. 119 min.)) : sd., col
Alternative Title: Moonspinners

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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

British teenager Nicky Ferris (perpetual virgin Hayley Mills) is vacationing on the isle of Crete with her prim and proper aunt Frances when she stumbles upon a sinister mystery at the rustic hotel in which they’re staying. Something’s afoot with the innkeeper’s surly brother, something involving astrology and the nearby Bay of Dolphins, and he is doing his best to chase the two women away. The plot thickens however when Nicky meets up with fellow Brit Mark Camford, a curious young man with secrets of his own, and before you can shout “teenage love interest” the plucky pair are on the run from a pair of would be assassins as they try and solve an increasingly complex puzzle before their luck runs out. 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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