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Blood on the Moon (1948)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 9 November 1948 (USA)
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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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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When there's BLOOD ON THE MOON...death lurks in the Shadows! (original 3-sheet poster) See more »

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Action | Drama | Western

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9 November 1948 (USA)  »

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Nacht in der Prärie  »

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Beause director Robert Wise thought that it was unnatural that the winner of a Western brawl usually finished the fight vigorously, he made it a point that both fighters would be exhausted and worn out at the end of this one. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in John Wayne Made Me Cry: Our Western Heros (2002) See more »

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A Western for Adults before Anthony Mann
2 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Class A western with a great Robert Mitchum performance. Unlike other tall men riding in the films of that time, Mitchum's character is not a snow white hero coming to save the day,but a darkened figure just two steps from being an outlaw. Robert Preston is the charming,jovial wolf in a manner similar to Arthur Kennedy in Bend In the River and Robert Ryan's performance in The Naked Spur. Their epic brawl in an out of the way dingy saloon is one of the best movie fights ranking with John Wayne's and Randolph Scott's The Spoilers duel. Proves that RKO was for a time home to some true innovations in movie story telling. Mitchum's character will only go so far and thanks to Barbara Bel Geddes non Cathy turn as a frontier woman who gradually replaces her Calamity Jane-ish dress to become, seemingly, more domesticated in the manners of both typical western heroines and the mainstream movie going publics view of women after WWII ( Rosie the Riveter transforming into June Cleaver). The fact is though she isn't a screamer nor a corner huddler but equally as strong as Moody Bob. Great Western.


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