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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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From the Sensational Stage Hit That Ran 3 years on Broadway! 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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Production Co:

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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. 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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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 8 November 1965 (1965) 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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character development
19 April 2007 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

You'll never know who these people really are in this movie. They have no background. They just appear in the Empire State Building in order to get the story rolling. And roll it does. It's a very superficial, pretty inconsequential, and funny comedy. Who cares who the characters are or were, anyway? The thing most important is physical and sexual and all the jockeying that goes on before the relationship reaches that point. It turns out to be a comedy-writer's paradise. Of course in the end they will get married to at least throw a bone to social mores. Holden is near top form and Niven, as his older upstairs neighbor whose daughter was Holden's girlfriend, is classic.


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