Movie Review – ‘The Moon-Spinners’

Hello everyone! 🙂

Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley!

My Mum is into her spy-thriller action movies and TV shows such as the ‘Mission: Impossible’ film series with Tom Cruise and ‘The Saint’ TV series with Sir Roger Moore. Is there a film on Disney+ that could satisfy my Mum’s taste in that kind of genre? Well, apparently there is and a good one at that.

Last Friday, my parents and I saw the film called ‘The Moon Spinners’ on Disney+. It’s a 1964 Disney mystery film based on the 1962 suspense novel by Mark Stewart. I found the film very gripping. Even when my Mum wanted an intermission during the film, I couldn’t help but want to watch more of it. 🙂

The film stars Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach and Peter McEnery. It looks into the story of a jewel thief hiding on the island of Crete. Thankfully, Theseus and the Minotaur weren’t involved. 😀 A young English woman called Nikky Ferris and her Aunt Frances journey to the village of Elounda on Crete! 🙂

They rent a room at the Moon-Spinners Inn, but they come across some suspicious characters. Nikky soon becomes involved with a young Englishman called Mark Camford who’s pursuing after the jewel thief. Will Nikky in her feminine, feisty manner be able to assist Mark in all he aims to achieve?

On one hand, there is a sweet romance going on between Nikky and Mark when they get to know each other throughout the film. But there’s also the element of danger which got me on the edge of my seat. This is emphasised once Stratos, the actual jewel thief, becomes desperate in his objectives.

Hayley Mills stars as Nikky Ferris in the film. ‘The Moon-Spinners’ was apparently Hayley Mill’s fifth film out of six for Disney. The previous four films she did were 1960’s ‘Pollyanna’, ‘The Parent Trap’, ‘In Search of the Castaways’ and ‘Summer Magic’. Hayley later appeared in 1965’s ‘That Darn Cat!’ 😀

I’ve also seen her in the 1961 film ‘Whistle Down the Wind’. I enjoyed Hayley’s performance in ‘The Moon-Spinners’. Eli Wallach stars as the villainous Stratos whilst Peter McEnery stars as the heroic, dashing Mark Camford. I like how things were resolved in terms of the climax between the three leads. 🙂

Joan Greenwood stars as Frances Ferris, Nikky’s aunt. There’s Michael Davis as Alexis, a young boy who helps Nikky and Mark when they’re in trouble, Irene Papas as Sophia, the innkeeper of the Moon-Spinners and the legendary silent film actress Pola Negri in her final role as Madame Habib. 🙂

It was nice to see John Le Mesurier (well-known for playing Sergeant Wilson in ‘Dad’s Army’) play Anthony Gamble, an Englishman who seems to help Nikky and Mark halfway in the film. I couldn’t help think of “Do you think that’s wise?” when I saw him. It’s a shame he turned out to be a bad guy.

In fact, we don’t really know what became of him afterwards. There’s also Sheila Hancock who played Cynthia Gamble, Anthony’s wife in the film. My parents recognised Steve Plytas (who played Kurt in the ‘Fawlty Towers’ episode ‘Gourmet Night’) playing a hearse driver briefly in the film itself.

I believe George Pastell (who played Eric Klieg in the ‘Doctor Who’ story ‘The Tomb of the Cybermen’) played a police lieutenant in the film. You see! No matter how many times you try to get away from it, ‘Doctor Who’ will always catch you up whether it’s an actor you can recognise in a film.

There’s also Paul Stassino as Lambis, André Morell as the yacht captain, Tutte Lemkow as Orestes, Harry Tardios as the bus driver and Pamela Barrie as Ariadne. Once again, I’m impressed by the acting in this film. It goes to show how the quality of actors can be found in these classic 1960s films.

‘The Moon-Spinners’ was definitely a winner for my parents and me. I’m glad we saw it recently on Disney+. The performances of Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach and Peter McEnery are very good and it was a nice surprise to see John Le Mesurier in the film before we went on to become Wilson in ‘Dad’s Army’. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Bye for now!

Tim 🙂

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