The Moonlighter (1953)

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Wes Anderson
Cole Gardner
William Ching ...
Tom Anderson
John Dierkes ...
Sheriff Daws
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Clemmons Usqubaugh - Undertaker
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Myra Marsh ...
Mrs. Anderson
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19 September 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le voleur de minuit  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Babs and Fred Can't Do Anything With This Western
31 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Fred McMurray left Barbra Stanwyck five years ago, always promising to return. But, while Babs drifts into an engagement with Fred's brother, Fred has been stealing cattle by moonlight (and barely misses getting lynched for his efforts). Will Babs find true love with THE MOONLIGHTER when he returns to town, or will the production code force Fred to pay some awful penalty before she gets the chance?

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred McMurray made four movies together. Three of them are classics. This justifiably obscure western is the one that isn't. This is true, even though screenwriter Niven Busch was responsible for the great Stanwyck western -- The Furies. What goes wrong here is a mediocre and very disjointed plot that always seems to be darting off in a new, random direction, just when the old plot elements are developing some tension. There's nothing wrong with the acting. Fred and Babs play their roles well. It's just that the movie itself gives the two stars less scenes together than you would think, and cheats Babs of screen time to develop her character in the later portion of the film. Finally the film suffers from a tacked on ending that is five parts production code nonsense and five parts 3-D outdoor spectacular climax.

A western disappointment. All parties involved have done better work.

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