Saturday, April 18, 2009

4/17/09: The Moon-Spinners (1964)

Hayley looks very pretty in this Greek island adventure, but the film is a bit of a bore. Based on a suspense novel by Mary Stewart, the picture's about how Nikky Ferris (Mills) gets tangled up in a jewel heist and a not-very-interesting romance. Like other Disney films from this period (In Search of the Castaways is one of the worst offenders), a lot of the outdoors and special-effects scenes were obviously filmed on a set with the actors performing in front of a movie-screen projection. (No doubt you've seen one of these sorts of scenes, typified by the one where people are driving in a convertible at 60 mph, but nobody's hair is blowing in the wind.) There are a couple of good stunt scenes, like the one where Hayley has to escape from a windmill, but there's precious little suspense in this so-called thriller. Rating: 2/5.

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