Review: ‘Moonfleet’

Costumed action, well-spiced with loose ladies and dashing rakehellies, is offered in Moonfleet. 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. Period of the J. Meade Falkner novel is the 1750s.

Costumed action, well-spiced with loose ladies and dashing rakehellies, is offered in Moonfleet. 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. Period of the J. Meade Falkner novel is the 1750s.

Stewart Granger was a good choice for the dubious hero of the story, a high-living dandy who heads a gang of murderous smugglers headquartering in the English coastal village of Moonfleet. Yarn opens on a Macbeth note of cold, wild-swept moors, and scary, dark shadows, establishing an eerie flavor for the kickoff.

Later, it reminds of Treasure Island a bit when Granger and a small boy go through some highly imaginative adventures.

Moonfleet

Production

M-G-M. Director Fritz Lang; Producer John Houseman; Screenplay Jan Lustig, Margaret Fitts; Camera Robert Planck; Editor Albert Akst; Music Miklos Rozsa, Vicente Gomez; Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Hans Peters

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1955. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Stewart Granger George Sanders Joan Greenwood Viveca Lindfors Jon Whiteley Liliane Montevecchi

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