The Moon-Spinners (1964)

119 mins | Adventure | 4 July 1964

Director:

James Neilson

Writer:

Michael Dyne

Cinematographer:

Paul Beeson

Editor:

Gordon Stone

Production Designer:

Tony Masters

Production Company:

Walt Disney Productions
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HISTORY

The 11 Feb 1963 DV reported that writer Michael Dyne was currently adapting
The Moon-Spinners for Walt Disney Productions, as a forthcoming feature based on Mary Stewart’s 1963 best-selling novel of the same name.
       The 9 Jun 1963 NYT announced that production was expected to begin in 1964. Hayley Mills was favored for the lead, which was noted to be the teenager’s “first adult role.” Silent film star, Pola Negri, emerged from retirement to appear in the picture, as stated in the 15 Aug 1963 DV.
       A 9 Aug 1963 DV production chart listed a 2 Sep 1963 start date, but on 6 Sep 1963, DV reported that principal photography would begin on 10 Sep 1963, with locations on the Greek island of Crete, including the town of Elounda, and in London, England.
       According to the 6 Nov 1963 Var, the company would conclude filming in Greece that week, and relocate to Pinewood Studios near London to film interiors for an additional eight weeks, beginning on 11 Nov 1963. The 22 Jan 1964 Var announced that principal photography on The Moon-Spinners would conclude at Pinewood the following day.
       The 24 Jun 1964 DV film review listed a 4 Jul 1964 nationwide release date. The film opened in Los Angeles, CA, area theaters on 22 Jul 1964, according to the 20 Jul 1964 LAT. The New York City release was delayed until 3 Nov 1964; there, it played at several theaters with the Disney featurette, Yellowstone Cubs, as indicated in the 4 Nov 1964 ... More Less

The 11 Feb 1963 DV reported that writer Michael Dyne was currently adapting
The Moon-Spinners for Walt Disney Productions, as a forthcoming feature based on Mary Stewart’s 1963 best-selling novel of the same name.
       The 9 Jun 1963 NYT announced that production was expected to begin in 1964. Hayley Mills was favored for the lead, which was noted to be the teenager’s “first adult role.” Silent film star, Pola Negri, emerged from retirement to appear in the picture, as stated in the 15 Aug 1963 DV.
       A 9 Aug 1963 DV production chart listed a 2 Sep 1963 start date, but on 6 Sep 1963, DV reported that principal photography would begin on 10 Sep 1963, with locations on the Greek island of Crete, including the town of Elounda, and in London, England.
       According to the 6 Nov 1963 Var, the company would conclude filming in Greece that week, and relocate to Pinewood Studios near London to film interiors for an additional eight weeks, beginning on 11 Nov 1963. The 22 Jan 1964 Var announced that principal photography on The Moon-Spinners would conclude at Pinewood the following day.
       The 24 Jun 1964 DV film review listed a 4 Jul 1964 nationwide release date. The film opened in Los Angeles, CA, area theaters on 22 Jul 1964, according to the 20 Jul 1964 LAT. The New York City release was delayed until 3 Nov 1964; there, it played at several theaters with the Disney featurette, Yellowstone Cubs, as indicated in the 4 Nov 1964 NYT review. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Feb 1963
p. 2.
Daily Variety
9 Aug 1963
p. 6.
Daily Variety
15 Aug 1963
p. 1.
Daily Variety
6 Sep 1963
p. 6.
Daily Variety
14 May 1964
p. 4.
Daily Variety
24 Jun 1964
p. 3, 5.
Los Angeles Times
20 Jul 1964
Section D, p. 18.
Los Angeles Times
23 Jul 1964
Section C, p. 9.
New York Times
9 Jun 1963
p. 121.
New York Times
4 Nov 1964
p. 47.
Variety
6 Nov 1963
p. 22.
Variety
22 Jan 1964
p. 30.
Variety
24 Jun 1964
p. 6.
Variety
8 Jul 1964
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Walt Disney Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
2nd unit dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Addl photog
Addl photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Casting
Constr mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Moon-Spinners by Mary Stewart (New York, 1963).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"The Moon-Spinners," words and music by Terry Gilkyson.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 July 1964
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 22 July 1964
New York opening: 3 November 1964
Production Date:
10 September 1963--23 January 1964
Copyright Claimant:
Walt Disney Productions
Copyright Date:
19 June 1964
Copyright Number:
LP28526
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
119
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Vacationing in Crete with her Aunt Frances, a musicologist, seventeen-year-old Nikky Ferris learns that their reservations at the Moon-Spinners Hotel have not been recognized, but hostile owners Stratos and his sister, Sophia, reluctantly give them a room. They meet Mark Camford, a young British expatriate, artist, and skindiver, apparently having a running feud with Stratos. Because of her attraction to Mark, Nikky becomes involved when she finds him wounded in a deserted church where he crawled after being ambushed and shot by Lambis, Stratos's cohort, the night before. Her complicity uncovered, Nikky is imprisoned by Stratos in a windmill. After being rescued by Mark and Sophia's son, Alexis, Nikky learns from Mark that he was sacked from his job as a messenger for a London bank because of a jewel robbery he believes Stratos to have committed. The couple then encounter Anthony Gamble, a self-styled British consul who as Stratos's partner is planning to sell the jewels to Madame Habib, a millionairess. These revelations send Mark on a chase after Stratos, while Nikky appeals to Madame. Following a struggle, the police board Madame's yacht, apprehend Stratos, and thereby exonerate ... +


Vacationing in Crete with her Aunt Frances, a musicologist, seventeen-year-old Nikky Ferris learns that their reservations at the Moon-Spinners Hotel have not been recognized, but hostile owners Stratos and his sister, Sophia, reluctantly give them a room. They meet Mark Camford, a young British expatriate, artist, and skindiver, apparently having a running feud with Stratos. Because of her attraction to Mark, Nikky becomes involved when she finds him wounded in a deserted church where he crawled after being ambushed and shot by Lambis, Stratos's cohort, the night before. Her complicity uncovered, Nikky is imprisoned by Stratos in a windmill. After being rescued by Mark and Sophia's son, Alexis, Nikky learns from Mark that he was sacked from his job as a messenger for a London bank because of a jewel robbery he believes Stratos to have committed. The couple then encounter Anthony Gamble, a self-styled British consul who as Stratos's partner is planning to sell the jewels to Madame Habib, a millionairess. These revelations send Mark on a chase after Stratos, while Nikky appeals to Madame. Following a struggle, the police board Madame's yacht, apprehend Stratos, and thereby exonerate Mark. +

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