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- kevin sellers
When I read that the influential French film magazine Cahiers Du Cinema put this film #32 on its list of the top 100 films of all time my first thought was that the staff had been nipping pretty hard at the Courvoisier. I mean, if this lightly likable, pastel, twisted "Treasure Island" spinoff is ahead of Ophuls brilliant cinematic comedy/tragedy of manners, "Earrings of Madame De" (#33), then I'm Jeff Boston! Hell, it's not even Lang's fifth best film. That honor goes to either "Big Heat" or "Rancho Notorious", neither of which makes this cockamamie list. Anyway, now that I've gotten that off my chest let me just add that "Moonfleet" is eminently watchable and occasionally even fun, despite being saddled with lousy dialogue and an annoying, whiny performance from child actor John Whitely. No wonder Lang, as associate producer Jud Kinberg stated, wanted to throttle the kid. Give it a generous B minus. P.S. Still can't wrap my mind around Jack Elam as a pirate.
Deserved To Do Well At Box Office
Really a classic tale of smugglers,and the boy who changes the mindset of the head of the gang.
Jeremy & John!
- Raymond Banacki
Interesting costume drama - yes, in Cinemascope - about the regenerating effect a child can have on an adult. Both Steward Granger and John Whiteley turn this tale of dark intrigue into a memorable experience.
Read this book to my children and they loved it, so much we named our English setter MOONFLEET, alias Moonie. Was disappointed that it did not follow the book per se, and the type of movie that would be better in B&W. Good job on the secenery and cast, lacked some of the book`s intrigue.
Would have been better in B&W
I think the somberness of this story would have been better in B&W, or at least not Cinemascope.The first time I watched it I was disappointed, and I am a huge fan of both Lang and Granger. The next time I turned off the color on my screen to make it BW and actually liked it more.
I saw this for the first time last night. I thought the story that develops between John and Fox very touching especially in the end to see how he softened the cold heart of the man. Stewart Granger is a great actor and the little boy was tremendous. I would like to see this come out on DVD. The cinematography was beautiful.George Sanders of course is always a wonderful scoundrel.