Moonfleet (1955 film)

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Moonfleet
Moonfleet poster.jpg
Directed by Fritz Lang
Produced by John Houseman
Written by Jan Lustig
Margaret Fitts
Based on Moonfleet
1898 novel 
by J. Meade Falkner
Starring Stewart Granger
George Sanders
Joan Greenwood
Viveca Lindfors
Music by Vicente Gómez
Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography Robert H. Planck
Edited by Albert Akst
Distributed by MGM
Release dates
  • June 24, 1955 (1955-06-24) (U.S.)

1960 (France)
Running time
87 minutes
Language English
Budget $1,955,000[1]
Box office $1,574,000[1]

Moonfleet is a 1955 Eastman Color film filmed in CinemaScope directed by Fritz Lang which was inspired by the novel Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner,[2] although significant alterations were made in the characters and plot.

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.[3] On the run from the law, Mohune and Fox must decipher a coded message in their pursuit of a fabulous diamond hidden long ago.

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Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[4]

Reception[edit]

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.[1]

The film was released in France in 1960 and had 917,219 admissions.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 'The Eddie Mannix Ledger’, Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study, Los Angeles
  2. ^ Moonfleet at IMDB
  3. ^ Halliwell's Film Guide, 6th edition, 1987, p. 703
  4. ^ Bret Wood, 'Moonfleet' at Turner Classic Movies
  5. ^ Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story

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