Moonfleet (1955)

In the 1750s, young orphan John Mohune (Jon Whiteley) arrives at the seaside Dorset village of Moonfleet seeking Jeremy Fox (Stewart Granger), a one-time "friend" of his late mother, to whom she has turned over care of the boy.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1955
DVD Release Date: January 22, 1992
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TIME Magazine

The plot turns upon a lost diamond of great price, but mostly the film is a string of lively, unrelated escapades.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

But, golly, that screen play by Jan Lustig and Margaret Fitts is a thoroughly boneless thing -- a hodgepodge of odd and sprawling incidents without dramatic continuity or sense!

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TV Guide

It is not an entirely successful picture (though definitely far from dismissible), and Lang can be faulted mainly for his growing need to please himself rather than the public -- an attitude not subscribed to in most of his earlier works.

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Variety Staff

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A suggestive, subjective account of an orphan boy's apprenticeship to a dashing smuggler.

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Adrian Danks
Senses of Cinema

Moonfleet is definitely one of the most visually striking films of Lang's American career, and more satisfying than a number of other more characteristic entries in his filmography.

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Steve Jenkins
Time Out

A boy and a rakish smuggler search for a legendary lost diamond in a wonderfully stylised version of 19th century Cornwall.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

This is a solid piece of good old-fashioned escapism.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Complex, haunting adventure story.

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Stella Dallas
much better than i was led to believe, certainly superior to hitchcock's 'jamaica inn' which i've never managed to finish