Cinema: Thrills, Spills & Pola Negri

The Moon-Spinners. The mere notion of a juvenile suspense thriller by Walt Disney is apt to give moviegoers the heebie-jeebies. It calls up unnerving images. Seven stray cats finding their way home to a haunted castle. Donald Duck meeting Frankenstein. Hordes of psychotic chipmunks slaughtering each other for nuts. But The Moon-Spinners, filmed in picture-book color on the island of Crete, turns out to be daft and breezy escapism assigned to a cast of flesh-and-blood actors headed by Hayley Mills. Given a plot that might fit snugly into the Nancy Drew mystery series, Hayley plays it with the knowing air of...

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