The Moon-Spinners 

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Moon-Spinners (1964 Movie)

“The Moon-Spinners” is a mystery-adventure film released by Walt Disney Productions in 1964. Directed by James Neilson, the movie is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Stewart.

The story revolves around a young British woman named Nikky Ferris, portrayed by Hayley Mills. Nikky travels to the island of Crete for a vacation with her Aunt Frances (played by Joan Greenwood). They arrive at the idyllic seaside hotel run by Sophia (Irene Papas) and her mother (Polycarpe Pavlopoulou).

During their stay, Nikky becomes entangled in a dangerous web of intrigue when she discovers a wounded man named Mark Camford (played by Peter McEnery) hiding in a nearby cave. Mark is being pursued by some mysterious and menacing men. Nikky decides to help him, leading her into a series of thrilling adventures.

Amidst the picturesque Cretan landscapes and ancient ruins, Nikky and Mark find themselves racing against time to solve the mystery and stay one step ahead of their pursuers. Along the way, they encounter interesting characters, encounter perilous situations, and experience the excitement of uncovering long-hidden secrets.

“The Moon-Spinners” is a charming blend of mystery, romance, and suspense, with a dash of humor and beautiful scenery to enchant the audience. Hayley Mills’ endearing performance as Nikky Ferris adds a touch of Disney’s signature charm to the film.

While “The Moon-Spinners” was not a huge commercial success at the time of its release, it has gained a loyal following over the years, becoming a beloved classic among fans of adventure and mystery films. The movie showcases Disney’s ability to create engaging stories set in exotic locales, appealing to audiences of all ages.

With its captivating storyline, thrilling escapades, and the enchanting backdrop of Crete, “The Moon-Spinners” remains an enjoyable and memorable Disney movie that continues to be cherished by audiences to this day.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $3.5 million
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  • Hayley Mills: Nikky Ferris
  • Eli Wallach: Stratos
  • Peter McEnery: Mark Camford
  • Joan Greenwood: Frances Ferris
  • Michael Davis: Alexis
  • Pola Negri: Madame Habib
  • Irene Papas: Sophia
  • John Le Mesurier: Anthony Gamble
  • Paul Stassino: Lambis
  • Sheila Hancock: Cynthia Gamble
  • André Morell: Yacht Captain
  • George Pastell: Police Lieutenant
  • Tutte Lemkow: Orestes
  • Steve Plytas: Hearse Driver
  • Harry Tardios: Bus Driver
  • Pamela Barrie: Ariadne


  • Director: James Neilson
  • Producer: Walt Disney and Bill Anderson
  • Music: Ron Grainer

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