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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*!")
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.
Director Otto Preminger simultaneously shot an American and a German-language version of this film on the same sets. The German version was titled, Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953) ("The Virgin on the Roof"). The stars of the German version, Johanna Matz and Hardy Krüger, appear in "The Moon Is Blue" as the young couple that speaks to William Holden on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. Holden and Maggie McNamara make cameos in the same roles in the German version.
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"The Moon Is Blue" by F. Hugh Herbert opened on Broadway on March 8, 1951, and ran for 924 performances. The Broadway production was directed by Otto Preminger, and starred Barbara Bel Geddes, Donald Cook, and Barry Nelson.
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Maggie McNamara's film debut. She had previously played the lead role of Patty O'Neill in "The Moon Is Blue" on stage in Chicago.
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Terry Moore and Diana Lynn mentioned for Maggie McNamara role.
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Character actress Florence Bates and celebrity restaurateur Michael Romanoff, neither of whom are cast in film proper, are prominently featured as audience members in the elaborate trailer that appears as an extra on some home video versions of this movie.
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