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Blood on the Moon (1948)

Passed  -  Action | Drama | Western  -  9 November 1948 (USA)
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When a shady-looking stranger rides into town to join his old friend it is assumed he is a hired gun. But as the new man comes to realise the unlawful nature of his buddy's business and the... See full summary »

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Jim Garry
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Amy Lufton
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Tate Riling
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Kris Barden
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Carol Lufton
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Jake Pindalest
Tom Tully ...
John Lufton
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Milo Sweet
Clifton Young ...
Joe Shotten
Tom Tyler ...
Frank Reardon
George Cooper ...
Fred Barden
Tom Keene ...
Ted Elser (as Richard Powers)
Bud Osborne ...
Cap Willis
Zon Murray ...
Nels Titterton
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Bart Daniels
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When a shady-looking stranger rides into town to join his old friend it is assumed he is a hired gun. But as the new man comes to realise the unlawful nature of his buddy's business and the way the homesteaders are being used, the two men draw apart to become sworn enemies. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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In 1957, this film was distributed on a double bill in the USA with Battle Hell (1957). (Battle Hell (1957) was retitled "Battle Hell".) See more »

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Kris Barden: Did you ever notice how them four always stick together?
Fred Barden: Why not? Reardon and Shotten work for Riling, and Garry's a friend that just came in to help.
Kris Barden: I can buy me that kind of friend for $75 a month and no questions asked.
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Moody
10 December 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Blood On the Moon is a moody western drama from the late forties, adapted from a Luke Short story, and directed by Robert Wise. Robert Mitchum plays an itinerant copwpuncher who arrives in a ranching community in which he discovers an old friend of his, played by Robert Preston, also resides, and who turns out to be in the cattle rustling business. Since the locals are suspicious of him in the first place, Mitchum seems unsure as to which side he's on.

This is a well-acted film but somewhat of a downer. A good deal of the action takes place at night or in darkened rooms. It's very noir in tone, though technically a western. Mitchum's laconic, somewhat enigmatic personality helps it along, as does Preston's amiable-seeming bad guy. Barbara Bel Geddes gives a good performance as the love interest; and such capable players as Charles McGraw, Tom Tully and Walter Brennan are on hand to spice things up. While the movie is quite accomplished in what it sets out to do, it strikes me as somewhat of an experiment that doesn't quite come off. The western is at its best a rousing genre, full of action and movement. This one has precious little of either.


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