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The Moon Is Blue (1953)

M  -  Comedy | Romance  -  8 July 1953 (USA)
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Two aging playboys are both after the same attractive young woman, but she fends them off by claiming that she plans to remain a virgin until her wedding night. Both men determine to find a way around her objections.

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Successful architect Don Gresham (William Holden) engages a young actress, Patty O'Neill (Maggie McNamara), in conversation on top of the Empire State Building, and she accepts his invitation to dinner. Dropping in at his apartment on the way, they decide to dine there as Patty announces herself an excellent cook. Don slips out to buy food, and Patty is briefly visited by his ex-fiancée, Cynthia Slater (Dawn Addams), and not too briefly, by Cynthia's father David (David Niven), a middle-aged, practiced charmer who, on her invitation, stays to dinner. A slight accident at the table occasions Patty to change her dress for Don's bathrobe. While Don is away placating the jealous Cynthia, David loses no time in offering Patty a proposal of marriage and a six hundred dollar gift. She accepts the latter and is surprised by Don in a grateful kiss to David. Don is still enraged with Patty when her father arrives, and, outraged to discover his daughter in a bachelor's apartment, knocks him ... Written by alfiehitchie

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From the Sensational Stage Hit That Ran 3 years on Broadway! See more »

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Trivia

First post-Hayes mainstream Hollywood film to use the word "virgin," after a battle with the official and unofficial censors. Also the first use of "seduce" and "mistress" (as a sexual partner). The movie was banned from theaters in Boston for using these words. See more »

Quotes

David Slater: Would you consider our friend to be a man of... principles?
Patty O'Neill: I certainly do. He is charming.
David Slater: Yes, but I am told that I am not entirely without charm, but I have no principles whatsoever.
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Referenced in The Flying Nun: The Moo Is Blue (1969) See more »

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The Ride of the Valkyries
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Written by Richard Wagner
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Once controversial, now tame
30 April 1999 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

It is not easy to see from today's point of view why this film created such controversy when it came out, today it appears quite tame, and even a bit dated.

The casting is generally fine, with the exception that Hardy Krüger was at least 5 years too young for his role as a worldly architect -- in the German version of the film. Yes, this was one of the last Hollywood examples of films made in different language versions, with slightly different casts to appeal to these different audiences. The best written role in this teleplay is 'David Slater', but it requires an actor of distinctive scene-stealing qualities to pull it off. Both David Niven (American version) and Johannes Heesters (German version) fit this bill perfectly.


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