The Truth About Spring

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The Truth About Spring
The Truth About Spring poster.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Alan Brown
Written by James Lee Barrett
Starring Hayley Mills
John Mills
Music by Robert Farnon
Cinematography Edward Scaife
Edited by Thomas Stanford
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates March 31, 1965
Running time 102 min.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $1,500,000[1]

The Truth about Spring (also known as The Pirates of Spring Cove and Miss Jude[2]) is a 1965 film released by Universal. It stars Hayley Mills, her father John Mills and James MacArthur.[3] It is a romantic comedy adventure.


Spring lives with her father aboard a run down sail boat in the Florida Keys. She has lived a simple, care-free and isolated life and has never felt desire or love until Ashton joins in with them for a zany adventure involving buried treasure. In the end no treasure is found, only a long sunken slaver. However, Spring does find love and a husband.

Ashton comes aboard the Sarah Tyler for some fishing and ends up in a modern day pirates adventure. He comes from a wealthy Philadelphia family and had graduated from Harvard Law School. He falls in love with Spring and envies her simple and honest lifestyle. At the beginning of the film Spring takes a dislike to Ashton - a variation of Pride and Prejudice where boy meets girl and girl hates boy. At the end of the film she realizes she is in love and against all sense of propriety, Ashton asks Spring for her hand.

While all of Hayley Mills's other films have been made available on DVD this film has never been released. It was available in the early 1980s in VHS format and this has been converted to DVD and circulated illegally. On ebay the DVD has been sold for as high as $80.00. The VHS and bootleg DVD copies are very poor in quality due to the VHS release being in the early form of VHS. Bits and pieces of the film can be found on

Sir John Mills plays Captain Tyler - a ne'er-do-well skipper of a small sailboat named after his late wife, who makes his living from scams and trickery.

David Tomlinson makes an appearance as Ashton's bored rich uncle.

Lionel Jeffries plays a greedy pirate who tries to outwit Captain Tyler only to lose $1000.00.

Harry Andrews plays a rough and stupid sailor who wants to kill Tyler, but persistently falls foul of his schemes.

Niall MacGinnis plays a gentleman Irish pirate who is taken in by Captain Tyler's promise of buried treasure.


  1. ^ Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
  2. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: The Truth About Spring
  3. ^ Howard Thompson (June 17, 1965). "NY Times review". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2008. 

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