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The Moon Is Blue ()


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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... See more »

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  • Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
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Donald Gresham
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David Slater
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Patty O'Neill
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Michael O'Neill
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Cynthia Slater
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Taxi Driver
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Tourist (uncredited)
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Tourist (US version) / Donald Gresham (German version) (uncredited)
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Tourist (uncredited)

Directed by

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Otto Preminger

Written by

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

Produced by

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F. Hugh Herbert ... producer
Otto Preminger ... producer

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Herschel Burke Gilbert

Cinematography by

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Ernest Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ronald Sinclair

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Otto Ludwig ... supervising editor

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Nicolai Remisoff

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Edward G. Boyle

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Don Loper ... (clothes)

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Louis Phillipi ... makeup artist (as Louis Phillippi)
Lillian Shore ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Henry S. Kesler ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Henry Weinberger ... assistant director
Gilbert Mandelik ... second assistant director (uncredited)

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Jack Solomon ... sound

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David Commons ... special effects
Jack Rabin ... special effects

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Milton Gold ... still photographer (uncredited)

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Sylvia Fine ... song: lyric by
Herschel Burke Gilbert ... conductor
Ralph Marterie ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Joseph Mullendore ... orchestrator (uncredited)

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Richard Aldrich ... presented on Broadway by
Julius Fleischmann ... presented on Broadway in association with
F. Hugh Herbert ... presenter
Richard Myers ... presented on Broadway by
Otto Preminger ... presenter / produced on Broadway by
Max Slater ... production assistant (as Maximilian Slater)
Robert H. Justman ... production assistant (uncredited)
Otto Preminger ... voice (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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 senseless. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines Sensationally Funny -- Recommended for Adults. See more »
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Also Known As
  • La lune était bleue (France)
  • Wolken sind überall (Germany)
  • La luna es azul (Spain)
  • Wolken sind überall (West Germany)
  • Wolken sind überall (Austria)
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Runtime
  • 99 min
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Budget $400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia First 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. See more »
Movie Connections Alternate-language version of Die Jungfrau auf dem Dach (1953). See more »
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Quotes Donald Gresham: Why are you so preoccupied with sex?
Patty O'Neill: Who, me?
Donald Gresham: Yes, you.
Patty O'Neill: You really think I am?
Donald Gresham: Well, you are always asking if people plan seduction or they're bored with virgins or they have a mistress... Now, if that isn't being preoccupied with sex, I'd like to know what is.
Patty O'Neill: You may be right.
[pauses momentarily]
Patty O'Neill: But don't you think it's better for a girl to be preoccupied with sex than occupied?
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