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The Moonlighter

Released Sep 19, 1953 1h 15m Western List
Reviews 22% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Wes Anderson (Fred MacMurray) is caught cattle rustling and promptly jailed. The public is outraged, but, since Wes always worked at night, they don't know what he looks like. Still, they break into the prison and lynch a hobo they think is Wes, while the actual culprit sneaks off to see his old flame, Rela (Barbara Stanwyck), who has recently taken up with his straitlaced brother, Tom (William Ching). But Tom is envious of his outlaw brother, and he decides to join Wes in a life of crime. Read More Read Less
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Josephine O'Neill Daily Telegraph (Australia) I cannot imagine why Warners put two top stars into such a production, or why the earnest Miss Stanwyck, even for art's sake, should love MacMurray's unshaven dolt. Mar 25, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A muddled Western, set in the early part of the 20th century, shot unnecessarily in 3-D and in Black-and-White, that's indifferently helmed by Roy Rowland. Rated: C+ Dec 29, 2012 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Badass Barbara saves it. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Good movie well worth watching James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas May 23, 2023 Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/23/23 Full Review kevin w Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck are the big guns in this oater about love and redemption. He's a bandit, see, so she won't have him in spite of their lifelong yearning for one another. Will he give up his crooked ways for her love, for their decency? For some reason or the other all the actors sound like actors reading the script at first, stilted, flat, dull...maybe it's bad direction. But by the final third it doesn't seem quite so bad. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Barbara Stanwyck gets top billing, but the film is pretty much about Fred McMurray who's in most scenes, whilst she only occupies a fraction of his screen time. He does a fair job in a lacklustre western. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member A drama more than a Western. Not a lot of action until the last ten minutes. Starring of the great actresses, Barbara Stanwyc and the underrated Fred MacMiurray. The casting cast save this mediocre Western. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member A great leading lady in a mediocre western that she's too good for. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Wes Anderson (Fred MacMurray) is caught cattle rustling and promptly jailed. The public is outraged, but, since Wes always worked at night, they don't know what he looks like. Still, they break into the prison and lynch a hobo they think is Wes, while the actual culprit sneaks off to see his old flame, Rela (Barbara Stanwyck), who has recently taken up with his straitlaced brother, Tom (William Ching). But Tom is envious of his outlaw brother, and he decides to join Wes in a life of crime.
Director
Roy Rowland
Producer
Joseph Bernhard
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
J.B. Productions
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 19, 1953, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 22, 2009
Runtime
1h 15m
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