The Truth About Spring

The Truth about Spring (also known as The Pirates of Spring Cove or Miss Jude)[2] is a 1965 American Technicolor adventure film directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Hayley Mills, John Mills and James MacArthur.[3] It is a romantic comedy adventure. It was released by Universal.[4]

The Truth About Spring
Theatrical poster
Directed byRichard Thorpe
Produced byAlan Brown
Written byJames Lee Barrett
Based onSatan: A Romance of the Bahamas (1921) by Henry De Vere Stacpoole
Music byRobert Farnon
CinematographyEdward Scaife
Edited byThomas Stanford
Quota Rentals
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
31 March 1965
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Box office$1,500,000[1]


Spring lives with her father aboard a run-down sail boat in the Florida Keys. She has lived a simple, carefree, and isolated life. She has never felt desire or love until Ashton joins them for a zany adventure involving buried treasure. In the end no treasure is found, only a long-sunken slaver. However, Spring fisnd love and a future husband.

Ashton, who is from a wealthy Philadelphia family and graduated from Harvard Law School, comes aboard the Sarah Tyler for some fishing. Instead, he becomes involved in a modern-day pirate adventure. He falls in love with Spring and envies her simple and honest lifestyle. Spring initially dislikes Ashton – a variation of Pride and Prejudice where boy meets girl and girl hates boy. At the end of the film, she realizes she loves him, and, against all sense of propriety, Ashton asks Spring to become his wife.



The film was based on a novel Satan by Henry de Vere Stacpoole which was published in 1921.[5] The book was filmed in 1925 as Satan's Sister.

The film was announced in September 1963 as Miss Jude with both Mills attached from the beginning.[6] Producer Alan Brown had been associate producer to Samuel Bronston and this would be his first film as production.[7] It was the third movie John and Hayley Mills had made together after Tiger Bay and The Chalk Garden. John Mills said he wanted to use the title Close to the Wind but it was held by another studio.[8]

Filming took place in Sagaro in southern Spain and started 22 April 1964.[9]

David Tomlinson later called it "a truly dreadful film but with my new-found Hollywood cachet I was billed as making a 'Guest Appearance' in nice big capital letters".[10]

John Mills later wrote "if the picture had turned out to be half as good as the food, the wine, the time and the laughs we had on that location it would have been a sensation - unfortunately it wasn't."[11]

Further reading

  • De Vere Stacpoole, Henry (1921). Satan: A Romance of the Bahamas. New York: Robert M. McBride and Company. Reprinted 2013 by Duff Press ISBN 978-1473302211

See also


  1. Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
  2. "The Pirates of Spring Cove". Sky movies. Retrieved 3 December 2015.
  3. Howard Thompson (17 June 1965). "NY Times review". New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  4. TRUTH ABOUT SPRING, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 32, Iss. 372, (Jan 1, 1965): 96.
  5. Stacpoole's "Satan" New York Times 8 May 1921: 49
  6. Looking at Hollywood: 'Miss Jude' Will Star Hayley and Her Dad Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Tribune 30 Sep 1963: b7.
  7. Stage 'Albatross to Be MGM Comedy: Actor Pledges Clean Films; Hayley's Father Finally Is Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 6 July 1964: C19.
  8. BY WAY OF REPORT By A.H. WEILER. New York Times 8 Mar 1964: X9.
  9. Surprise Nazi Ruse Told in '36 Hours': 'Ship's' Company First Class; MacArthur Son With Hayley Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 21 Apr 1964: C9
  10. Tomlinson, David (1990). Luckier than most : an autobiography. Hodder and Stoughton. p. 151.
  11. Mills, John (1981). Up in the clouds, gentlemen please. Penguin. p. 368.
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