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The Moon Is Blue (1953)

M/PG | | 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.

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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Trivia

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. See more »

Goofs

After Donald (William Holden) goes out to meet Cynthia (Dawn Adams) Patty (Maggie McNamra) clears the meal things away and collapses the table but she never saw how it was put up. See more »

Quotes

Patty O'Neill: Don't you ever eat meals up here?
Donald Gresham: Nope.
Patty O'Neill: No wonder you are so unhappy and maladjusted.
Donald Gresham: I am not a bit unhappy and my adjustment is just dandy!
Patty O'Neill: Well, I think it's awful to let this darling kitchen go to waste. This lovely icebox and stove. And that garbage disposal with nobody to use it. I want to cry, honestly.
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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, Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach, 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 »


Soundtracks

The Moon Is Blue
Music by Herschel Burke Gilbert
Lyrics by Sylvia Fine
Presentation by The Sauter Finegan Band (as The Sauter-Finegan Orchestra)
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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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Country:

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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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Otto Preminger Films See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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