DirectorFritz Lang, Hans Peters Release dateJune 24, 1955 (1955-06-24) (U.S.)
1960 (France) Based onMoonfleet
by J. Meade Falkner WriterJan Lustig (screenplay), Margaret Fitts (screenplay), J. Meade Falkner (novel) Music directorMiklos Rozsa, Vincente Gomez ScreenplayMargaret Fitts, Jan Lustig CastStewart Granger (Jeremy Fox), George Sanders (Lord James Ashwood), Joan Greenwood (Lady Clarista Ashwood), Viveca Lindfors (Mrs. Minton), Jon Whiteley (John Mohune), Liliane Montevecchi (Gypsy) Similar moviesIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Moonfleet 1955 main title miklos rozsa
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, although significant alterations were made in the characters and plot.
Viveca lindfors stewart granger scene from moonfleet
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. On the run from the law, Mohune and Fox must decipher a coded message in their pursuit of a fabulous diamond hidden long ago.
Stewart Granger as Jeremy Fox
George Sanders as Lord James Ashwood
Joan Greenwood as Lady Clarista Ashwood
Viveca Lindfors as Mrs. Minton
Jon Whiteley as John Mohune
Liliane Montevecchi as Gypsy
Melville Cooper as Felix Ratsey
Sean McClory as Elzevir Block
Alan Napier as Parson Glennie
John Hoyt as Magistrate Maskew
Donna Corcoran as Grace
Jack Elam as Damen
MGM bought the film rights to the novel in 1951 and announced Stewart Granger as the star immediately. Jan Lustig wrote the first script and John Houseman produced.
Director Fritz Lang said the story "calls for mood, for atmosphere. The smugglers work in the dark, on hazy days. I plan to light my principals just as you would in a play, dropping shadows on the sides of the stage to concentrate on the main action and the players involved in it."
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.
Granger later said "I hated working with Fritz Lang - he was a Kraut and it was a bloody awful film. I wanted to produce and act it in Cornwall and made them buy the book. MGM turned it into a big colour film. Moonfleet was not Lang's type of film - it is a romantic child's film. It wasn't a bad part."
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.
The film was released in France in 1960 and had 917,219 admissions.
The prestigious French film publication Cahiers du Cinéma named Moonfleet as one of the 100 most essential films ever made, listing it at #32.