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Moontide (1942)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  29 May 1942 (USA)
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After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jerome Cowan ...
Dr. Frank Brothers
Helene Reynolds ...
Woman on boat
Ralph Byrd ...
Rev. Wilson
William Halligan ...
Victor Sen Yung ...
Takeo (as Sen Yung)
Chester Gan ...
Henry Hirota
Robin Raymond ...
Arthur Aylesworth ...
Pop Kelly
Arthur Hohl ...
John Kelly ...
Ralph Dunn ...


After a drunken binge on the San Pablo waterfront, longshoreman Bobo fears he may have killed a man. In his uncertainty, he takes a job on an isolated bait barge. That night, he rescues lovely Anna from a watery suicide attempt and installs her on the barge. But Tiny, Bobo's longtime pal and parasite, hopes to drive Anna away before domestic bliss tears Bobo away from him; the still unsolved murder may be just the wedge Tiny needs. There's fog on the water and evil brewing... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

29 May 1942 (USA)  »

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Moontide  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Archie Mayo replaced Fritz Lang as director. See more »


Runnin' Wild
Music by A.H. Gibbs and Joe Grey
Played during early barroom scenes
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10 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film may not be a masterpiece when paralleled with other films by Fritz Lang, as well as other projects starring Jean Gabin, and also films in which Ida Lupino excels. ( "Road House", with Richard Widmark and Celeste Holm). As well as the wonderfully sinister "Ladies in Retirement", in my opinion one of Ms. Lupino's most brilliant performances. But give this film a chance, it has a few redeeming performances and interesting scenarios.

Ida Lupino is believable as Anna, a down on her luck waitress who attempts suicide. Apparently in the 1940's police used to arrest suicides, rather than help them. Gabin helps Lupino out of the problem, and she helps him decorate his ramshackle cabin on the docks of San Pablo, California. They eventually marry.

Claude Rains has a rather odd role as "Nutsy", a barfly and friend, and Tom Mitchell is "Tiny", the requisite villain.

While the theme is a bit sketchy, the sets are interesting, if a bit improvised, and the film is an oddity worth seeing for Lupino. Of course, I may be a bit biased. 8/10.

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