as John Mohune
as Jeremy Fox
as Lord James Ashwood
as Lady Clarista Ashwood
as Mrs. Anna Minton
as Gypsy Dancer
as Felix Ratsey
as Elzevir Block
as Parson Glennie
as Magistrate Maskew
as Major Hennishaw
as Capt. Stanhope
as Mary Hicks
as Capt. Hawkins
as Lt. Upjohn
Critic Reviews for Moonfleet
The plot turns upon a lost diamond of great price, but mostly the film is a string of lively, unrelated escapades.
With mood and action the keynote of the John Houseman production, the direction by Fritz Lang plays both hard, developing considerable movement in several rugged action sequences without neglecting suspense.
A boy and a rakish smuggler search for a legendary lost diamond in a wonderfully stylised version of 19th century Cornwall.
But, golly, that screen play by Jan Lustig and Margaret Fitts is a thoroughly boneless thing -- a hodgepodge of odd and sprawling incidents without dramatic continuity or sense!
A suggestive, subjective account of an orphan boy's apprenticeship to a dashing smuggler.
Audience Reviews for Moonfleet
much better than i was led to believe, certainly superior to hitchcock's 'jamaica inn' which i've never managed to finish
A decent adventure tale, dragged down by the lack of a compelling central character. Jon Whiteley as the Dickensian child is pretty much empty as a character, and Stewart Granger just doesn't have seem to have any leading man chops. I wish there'd been more of George Sanders, who's always a delight. The color widescreen photography provides a few striking moments, but more often it's awash in dreary shades of brown. I also found the movie slightly confusing at times, as the relationships between some of the main characters were murky. Overall, it's passable as "brain off" entertainment, but not much more than that. Another disappointment from Lang's later career.
It's very telling that the reviews of this film are in French. Moonfleet has a great reputation abroad for its expressionistic visuals and doubled narrative structure -- simultaneously capturing the child's and the adult's points of view. The film struck me as sort of slow and foolish the first time I saw it, but I've come around. It's gorgeous, deceptively complex and very memorable. Like a Stevenson novel, it smuggles depths in under the guise of swashbuckling fun. Atypically hopeful and charming for Lang. See it a couple times.
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