The Moon is Blue (1947)
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This is the story of a chaste young TV-commercial actress (Maggie McNamara) who is romanced by a playboy architect (William Holden). Despite all sorts of temptations, the girl refuses the architect's invitation to become his mistress, holding out for marriage or nothing. Meanwhile, middle-aged rake David Niven tries to move in on the girl himself, with an equal lack of success. So why was this harmless little comedy so controversial? It seems that director Otto Preminger decided to film the play
Jul 8, 1953 Wide
May 5, 2004
Warner Bros. Pictures
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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.
Despite the fuss at the time, there's little blue about this except the title.
For all the movie's staginess and datedness, it's a more personal and ambiguous work than it initially appears to be.
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.
A landmark of its time -- and a very dull one.
The nothing about which there was so much ado is a tame little moral comedy about a determined virgin, who refuses to be seduced by a playboy architect.
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