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The Moon Is Blue (1953)

M | | Comedy, Romance | 8 July 1953 (USA)
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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Comedy | Romance

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This movie was used as a part of a plot line in the "The Moon is Not Blue" episode of "M*A*S*H." The plot line focuses on Hawkeye Pierce and B.J. Hunnicutt trying to obtain a copy of the movie for the 4077th after hearing it has been banned in Boston. They think it must be a dirty movie, but are disappointed when they finally get to see it. (Hawkeye: "I'm outraged! I've never seen a cleaner movie!" Father Mulcahy: "Well, one of the characters *did* say the word, 'virgin.'" Hawkeye: "That's because everyone *was*!") See more »

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When Donald returns from the grocery store his coat is wet from the storm, but the grocery bags and box are dry. See more »

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Patty O'Neill: I just came back to ask you exactly what Cynthia meant when she called me a "professional virgin".
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Referenced in Charade (1984) See more »

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Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes
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Lyrics by Ben Jonson
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David Niven at this best
23 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite old movies. Although William Holden is the leading man here this is one of those movies where one of the side characters is the most memorable. In this case it's David Niven. He's such a stuffed shirt that about as cavalier as he can manage to get is when he tells Peggy's character "I want to kiss you until your lips are somewhat bruised". He relates the story of the failure of his first marriage to a "southern gal" who was always baking pop overs and served them at every meal. After dinner she would always drawl "wasn't them popovers good?". He stood all he could of this airhead until one day when he hit her across the rear end with a hot popover pan. He said " it raised quite a welt, although I was not privileged to see it." When Peggy later says her feet hurt he says "never say your feet hurt. My foot hurts singular is acceptable but to say my feet hurt is a rather sordid admission." The fact that I am writing these lines from memory will tell you how much fun I had watching this movie over and over. William Holden was the king of the movies as far as I'm concerned and he was charming and at his best in this movie. He made more really good memorable movies than Clark Gable could have hoped for. This movie is not well known and as far as I'm able to find out is not available of DVD. I'm hoping is will be eventually because it's a nice funny little movie that shows New York in it's heyday.


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