My dear non-fleshie friends Kate and Millie (newly returned from exciting adventures in Sierra Leone!) have been nagging me for a long time to watch the Hayley Mills dream fest The Moonspinners (1964). Well I finally got my chance to see it (thank you so much, Kate!) and boy oh boy were they right about it’s scathing brilliance! I’ll share some of my reactions with you in a lovely picspam.
^the theme: I watched this over again three times before I actually started the film. Such a marvelous song. I was thrilled to find it on YouTube!
^Joan Greenwood and Michael Davis as Aunt Frances and Alexis. I think Michael Davis is a lot like Kate’s brother. Agree or disagree?
^Eli Wallach as the evil Uncle Stratos. A dramatic switch from the last film I saw him in, Babydoll.
^Once of the first good glimpses of Peter McEnery…isn’t he a dish?
^Hayley was SO lucky!
^The famous pink outfit! Kate, Millie & I find it hugely inspiring. I’m already working on a reproduction version of the top in my head.
^Better view of the shirt. See the amazingness? A button front and crazy tie belt. OH, and see who the other lady is? Irene Papas! I only knew her from Zorba the Greek, so I was glad she actually had lines in this film.
^And an amazing swingy back. I bet you are wondering where the belt is! And notice the red canvas shoes…red and pink…hmm. Normally I wouldn’t attempt such a combination, but Hayley really pulls it off.
^Pete is shot in the shoulder of the arm she’s pulling. He’s in huge pain and she pulls his bad arm?! Hayley! What were you thinking?!
^Eli is either really afraid or he’s been running around in the hot Greek sun too much…
^Lovely crazy cats! There are tons of them!
^Well, you’d run too if cats were hissing at you!
^Wow, Hayley Mills with a rifle! She must really love the guy…
^Wolf in sheep’s clothing, maybe?
^This has got to be one of the craziest scenes of all time: Joan Greenwood riding in a hearse with Hayley and Peter in the back, trying to get through a street celebration and being attacked by bizarre revelers!
^EhHEM! Just when did Hayley learn to drive a speedboat?
^Cats are everywhere in this film! Look at this unbelievable cat bed! Lap of luxury for kitty!
^I was so sad when it ended. Did anyone else think it ended rather abruptly?
I highly recommend The Moonspinners, if you get a chance to watch it. It is on DVD (thankfully, and only because it was a Disney movie): Amazon, Half, Ebay.
Happy Thanksgiving darlings! :D