The Moon-Spinners

Synopsis: British musicologist Frances Ferris and her late teen niece Nicky Ferris are traveling through Crete recording Greek folk songs for the BBC. In the usually quiet coastal town of Aghios Georgios, they manage to get a room at an inn called the Moon-Spinners, despite the people at the inn being busy preparing for a wedding, and no one there, except Alexis, the young teen son of the proprietress Sophia, he who is fond of spouting current popular Americanisms in his slightly broken English, seeming to want them there. Frances and Nicky learn from Alexis that the unwelcoming feeling is all because of his maternal Uncle Stratos, who has become a man suspicious of anyone ever since his recent return from London after being away for fifteen years. Beyond those there for the wedding, the only other guest at the inn is a young Englishman named Mark Camford, who they befriend. Nicky is too preoccupied with her own suspicions and mistrust of Stratos truly to see that there is something more siniste
Director(s): James Neilson
Production: Walt Disney Productions
118 min

& Moon-spinnerss,

spin me a moon tonight &

& Moon-spinnerss, spin it

with a silver light &

& Spinning on the sea &

& Let the waterss glow &

& Shine it on the treasures &

& Lying far below &

& Spin your threads tonight &

& Let the moon

stay bright &

& So my love may bring &

& A bracelet or ring &

& Just to hear my heart sing &

& At the sight &


& Moon-spinnerss &

& Spin me a moon tonight &

& Moon-spinnerss,

spin it with a silver light &

& Spinning on the sea &

& Let the waterss glow &

& Shine it on the treasures &

& Lying far below &

(Honks horn)

(Speaking Greek)

Fran, I think

I'm going to be...

No, hold on.

We're bound to be there

in a minute.


Concentrate madly

on something else.

It's all mental.

That fish isn't.

Change places with me.

There's a bit of air

from the window.

I say...

I wonder if

you'd be so kind...

as to put that

somewhere else?

The fish... could you

put it somewhere?

It's a bit strong.

Could you put it

somewhere else?

I don't knowwhy

one always thinks...

foreigners will suddenly

understand English...

if one shouts.

Fran, I don't think

I can manage.

I'm sure it's just

around the next corner.

Try reciting

The Jabberwocky.

Think of it

on the printed page...

and force yourself to

remember the illustrations.

"'Twas brillig..."

"And the slithy toves

did gyre and gimble."


The smelling salts.

(Honks horn)

Aghios Georgios!

Thank heaven.

That's us.

(Speaking Greek)

Excuse me. Come on.

I'm... I'm terribly sorry.

Please forgive me.

Aghios Georgios!

We're coming!


Excuse me!


(Speaking Greek)


Nikky, come on!

I'm coming!

Now, have we got


Suitcases, knapsacks,

tape recorder...

(Speaking Greek)

Oh. Aghios Georgios?

(Speaking Greek)

Aghios Georgios.

(Door slams)

(Music playing)

(People singing in Greek,

clapping hands in rhythm)

Cousin Orestes,

visitors from England!

(Speaking Greek)

(Speaking Greek)

You are welcome

to my wedding.

(Speaking Greek)

(Singing in Greek)

Hey, missis,

my hotel!

Stratos, they're here.

Will you come down?

I'm busy.

But I need your help.

I said I was busy.

Will you leave this

for once?

Orestes is our cousin.

They're all expecting you.

I came back because

I had work to do.

All I want is

some peace and quiet.

You didn't come back

for love of your family...

or your village.

That much is certain.

What do you mean

by that?

You suddenly appear

from London.

You don't want

to see anyone.

You don't want me

to take any visitors.

You and this Englishman watch

each other like cat and mouse.

You're very observant,

aren't you, little sister?

You fill your head

with this...

stars, fortunes,


I warn you again.

Stay out

of my business.

If you do, you'll have

all the money you need.

If you don't...

This make money?

More than you

ever dreamed of.

How? w?

By keeping one step

ahead of chance.

Always one step ahead.

Chance or the law? w?

Go and see to your guests.

Out, you hear?

You better go

to the church sometimes.

Those are works

of the devil.


(Speaking Greek)

(Speaking Greek)

(Crowd chattering,

music playing)

Thank you.

Look, the Moon-Spinners.

What does that mean,


Is old song... very old song.

Mama, visitors from England.

2 nice old ladies.

How do you do?

I'm Frances Ferris.

Did you get

our telegram?


I sent it yesterday

from Heraklion.

There was no telegram.

But that's incredible.

Nikky, you didn't...

I sent it myself.

The man at the post office

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Michael Dyne

Michael Bradley Dyne (August 19, 1918, London – May 17, 1989, Linlithgo, New York) was a British-American television and film screenwriter. He was also an actor, and wrote one stage play. Dyne was the son of sculptor Musgrave Bradley Dyne. He was born in London and educated in France and Switzerland, and became a writer and actor in Canada, then emigrated to the United States in 1938.Dyne played small parts in some Paramount and 20th Century-Fox films (such as the Prince of Wales in Kitty (1945)). He tried out for the title role in The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945) but lost out to Hurd Hatfield.Starting in 1949 Dyne became a pioneering television writer, turning out 25 plays for Studio One and also writing scripts for The Alcoa Hour, Kraft Television Theatre, Playhouse 90, and other television shows. From 1952 to 1970, Dyne wrote more than 150 dramas for television, including adaptations of Henry James, Pirandello, and Thomas Hardy.Dyne also wrote movie scripts for Walt Disney Studios, including The Moon-Spinners (1964). He wrote the 1964 play The Right Honourable Gentleman which ran for three years in the West End and was also produced on Broadway. more…

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