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The Moon Is Blue (1953)

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.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

F. Hugh Herbert (written for the screen by), F. Hugh Herbert (stage play "The Moon Is Blue")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Donald Gresham
David Niven ... David Slater
Maggie McNamara ... Patty O'Neill
Tom Tully ... Michael O'Neill
Dawn Addams ... Cynthia Slater
Fortunio Bonanova ... Television Performer
Gregory Ratoff ... Taxi Driver
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Storyline

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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It's about nothing else in the world...but the facts of life! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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M/PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wolken sind überall See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $1.20 ticket price for the Empire State Building's main observation deck on the 86th floor would equate to $10.90 in 2017. The price for an adult ticket in 2017 is $34.00. See more »

Quotes

Donald Gresham: [In the taxi, on the way to his apartment] You won't mind coming up, will you?
Patty O'Neill: I am not so sure. Will you try to seduce me?
Donald Gresham: I, I don't know. Probably. why?
Patty O'Neill: Why? A girl wants to know.
Donald Gresham: A girl is supposed to be intuitive about those things. You don't go around bluntly asking questions like that.
Patty O'Neill: I do. I always do.
Donald Gresham: And what happens if they say yes, they are going to try to seduce you.
Patty O'Neill: I generally believe them. And then I am out one dinner.
Donald Gresham: And if they say their intentions are honorable?
Patty O'Neill: I generally ...
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Alternate Versions

The filmed was made in two versions, a US version with Holden, McNamara and Niven in the leads, and a German version with Krueger, Matz, and Heesters in the corresponding roles. Krueger and Matz have a brief cameo as tourists in the US version, and Holden and McNamara make the same cameo in the German version. See more »

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Referenced in The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) See more »

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The Moon Is Blue
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Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
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Memorable
4 March 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

I was a kid when I first saw it, and despite difficulty in following the plot, I knew this was a very likable movie. When I saw it decades later, all my early perceptions were amply confirmed. Of course, the writer deserves most of the plaudit. It's my favorite Maggie McNamara movie. Her death has not even registered on Hollywood's tragedy-recycling radars. Nor have many others. (Kevin Coughlin, Brandon de Wilde, Bobby Driscoll, Scotty Beckett). With disbelief I read that in her last years Maggie had to type for a living. She was a true, dedicated thespian without any vanity, a lady.


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