Blood on the Moon (1948)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, Western  |  9 November 1948 (USA)
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Unemployed cowhand Jim Garry is hired by his dishonest friend Tate Riling as muscle in a dispute between homesteaders and cattleman John Lufton.



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Complete credited cast:
Tom Tully ...
John Lufton
Milo Sweet
Clifton Young ...
Joe Shotten
Frank Reardon
George Cooper ...
Ted Elser (as Richard Powers)
Bud Osborne ...
Cap Willis
Zon Murray ...
Nels Titterton
Bart Daniels


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 {J-26}

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"Just remember...A WOMAN'S BULLETS KILL AS QUICK AS A MAN'S!" (original 22x28 Card A) See more »


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Release Date:

9 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Nacht in der Prärie  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the film, there is gunfire exchanged between Jim Garry and Amy Lufton. Jim fires his rifle 13 times without reloading. While it may seem this would not be possible, because of the size of the cartridges used on the Winchester Model 73, the magazine could hold between 15 and 20 rounds. See more »


Tate Riling: Your cut will be $10,000.
Jim Garry: What do I have to do to earn it?
Tate Riling: Lufton's tough and my ranchers aren't. You make up the difference.
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This movie deserves better appreciation than it has gotten.
14 February 2000 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The VHS video of this movie is a colorised version of the original thanks to Ted Turner. I refuse to watch it in colour, so I turn off the colour attributes of my TV and enjoy this movie in Black and White. Without the distraction of colour, one gets to enjoy a great story line, some wonderful performances by Robert Mitchum and Barbara Bel Geddes, and one of Robert Wise's directorial gems.

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