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The Moon Is Blue

PG Released Jun 3, 1953 1h 39m Comedy List
44% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 54% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
In New York City, prim and proper would-be actress Patty O'Neill (Maggie McNamara) meets charming architect Donald Gresham (William Holden) and, despite learning he has a girlfriend and being wary of his intentions, accompanies him to his apartment for dinner. They meet Don's girlfriend, Cynthia (Dawn Addams), in the elevator, but she ignores both of them. Later, when Don goes to buy groceries, Cynthia returns -- as does her decadent father, David (David Niven), who Patty unexpectedly likes. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times Aside from its candor, however, and its audacity with the words, The Moon Is Blue is not outstanding, either as a romance or as film. Rated: 2.5/5 Mar 25, 2006 Full Review Tom Milne Time Out Despite the fuss at the time, there's little blue about this except the title. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader For all the movie's staginess and datedness, it's a more personal and ambiguous work than it initially appears to be. Jan 1, 2000 Full Review Manny Farber The Nation The Moon Is Blue is a small comedy that seems to sparkle, sound monotonous, look machine-made, and appear smartly guided at the same moment. Nov 24, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Known today because it challenged the Hollywood Production Code. Rated: B- Sep 18, 2010 Full Review TV Guide No one today is likely to mistake this smarmy little sex farce for a good film, but it is significant historically as one of the nails in the coffin of Hollywood's self-imposed Production Code. Rated: 2/4 Oct 23, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Ed M Boring and dated. William Holden is good, but the rest of the cast is bad. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 07/17/22 Full Review steve d A weak romance with a weak premise. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Comedia a la antigua. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Enjoyable comic romantic story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member I really enjoyed this movie. Started my Saturday morning with it, and it made me feel light hearted and warm. Kind of like riding my old 68 motorcycle, throttle brakes and a clutch, horn doesn't work, speedometer fell off a long time ago, but it purrs like a kitten. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Ridiculous and unfunny. Not even David Niven could save it. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In New York City, prim and proper would-be actress Patty O'Neill (Maggie McNamara) meets charming architect Donald Gresham (William Holden) and, despite learning he has a girlfriend and being wary of his intentions, accompanies him to his apartment for dinner. They meet Don's girlfriend, Cynthia (Dawn Addams), in the elevator, but she ignores both of them. Later, when Don goes to buy groceries, Cynthia returns -- as does her decadent father, David (David Niven), who Patty unexpectedly likes.
Director
Otto Preminger
Producer
Otto Preminger, F. Hugh Herbert
Production Co
Otto Preminger Films
Rating
PG
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 3, 1953, Original
Release Date (DVD)
Oct 21, 2009
Runtime
1h 39m