Moonfleet (1955 film)
|Directed by||Fritz Lang|
|Produced by||John Houseman|
|Written by||J. Meade Falkner
|Music by||Vicente Gómez
|Cinematography||Robert H. Planck|
|Release dates||June 24, 1955 (US)|
|Running time||87 minutes|
A gothic melodrama set in England during the eighteenth century, the film is about John Mohune, a young orphan, played by Jon Whiteley, who is sent to the Dorset village of Moonfleet to stay with his mother's former lover, Jeremy Fox. Fox, played by Stewart Granger, is a morally ambiguous character, an elegant gentleman intimately involved with smugglers. On the run from the law, Mohune and Fox must decipher a coded message in their pursuit of a fabulous diamond hidden long ago.
- Stewart Granger as Jeremy Fox
- George Sanders as Lord James Ashwood
- Joan Greenwood as Lady Clarista Ashwood
- Viveca Lindfors as Mrs. Minton
- Jon Whiteley as John Mohune
- Liliane Montevecchi as Gypsy
- Melville Cooper as Felix Ratsey
- Sean McClory as Elzevir Block
- Alan Napier as Parson Glennie
- John Hoyt as Magistrate Maskew
- Donna Corcoran as Grace
- Jack Elam as Damen
The movie was shot almost entirely on the MGM backlot, augmented by a few shots of the California coast. During filming, James Dean visited the set; Stewart Granger said his manner was rude and dismissive.
The film was a critical and financial failure on release. According to MGM records the movie earned $567,000 in the US and Canada and $1,007,000 overseas. It made a loss of $1,203,000.
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