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"Picasso lithograph. Like it?"
- Jeff Boston
"Frankly, I think it's awful." With that response, you gotta love Patty O'Neill. This witty play on film from '53 starred Oscar winner Holden (35 in '53 and becoming the #1 movie star of the 50's), soon-to-be Oscar winner Niven (a Golden Globe winner for his work in this film) and McNamara, 25 and nominated for an Oscar for her work in this, her first film, just like the similar-in-look woman whom won the Oscar in '53, A. Hepburn. B. Wilder took Hepburn, Holden and H. Bogart (much older than Niven, like most of Hepburn's leading male co-stars) and released "Sabrina" in '54. "The Moon is Blue" had a bigger profit margin and it's better. More laughs, more endearing, more likeable characters, and most of all, much better dialogue. Niven hits a few homers and never strikes out. It's amazing how this movie was so classless, and now it's coined cute. Taking the times into context, I think the biggest objection was not the use of the words sultry, seduce, seduction, seducing,virility, virgins, hussy, or professional virgin, but a woman willingly in a bachelor's apt (no way Jose back then), loose affections, and maybe mostly, the word "sex" so often, including the great line by McNamara "Don't you think it's better for a girl to be preoccupied with sex than occupied?" and Niven's character declaring his interests: "steak, liquor, and sex, in that order." Times have changed. I really like the ode to "Bride of Frankenstein" with the Chloro-foam Beer commercial and Holden's character saying "Nobody in their right mind can seriously object to being called a virgin." Indeed, times have changed.
I'M A VIRGIN!
- Raymond Banacki
Superb direction and superb acting, but very dated and very boring.
moon is blue
- kevin sellers
Reviewer Alex inadvertently nailed the problem with this film: It's too damn cute! Preminger is many things; perverse, bombastic, powerful, sweeping, dark. But Billy Wilder he's not. Give it a C plus. P.S. Once again I find myself in agreement with Don Letta about an actress.
David Niven at His Finest
- tcm fan
David Niven at his finest.
A very young woman rattles on and on about her virginity as though it were a commodity on the market and her only value as a person. It's all made worse by the fact that her two male co-stars seem quite titillated by this and are old both enough to be her father. This movie proves that you can be embarrassed to watch something in mixed company, without it having any graphic sex or vulgar language.
- Don Letta
How Ms.McNamara found any more work after this embarassing bit of over acting, will go down as one of Hollywood's many mysteries. It's difficult to believe The Legion of Decency put a pox on this film because they used the word "pregnant" in it. Had they dinged it because it was an insult to anyone's intelligence would have made a lot more sense. It is difficult to accept that at this period in our evolution, any discussion of sex was neatly wrapped up with a wink and a jab in the ribs. This film stands alone in representing one of the most dismal periods of human avoidance and artificiality.
Great Ensemble , Very Entertaining
A great ensemble cast. Very entertaining and witty. David Niven may play an aging roue, but he does it in such a vigourous and charming way that one can understand a woman could surrender to his charms, be seduced and then dumped, and still think it was great experience.An all over fun play, highly recommended,
- dan valascho
a light hearted look at sexuality in the fifties. you need to watch it twice to catch the subtle humor and clever dialogue.
The Moon is Blue
- rita scarcella
I really enjoyed this Movie! The inoccents of Patty and the two leading men getting caught up in true feelings!!! Would love to see again..
This movie is too cute. I was late to class because I just had to keep watching it. The dialogue is fast and the taxi scene with Maggie McNamara and William Holden makes the movie, especially with the cab driver. I would almost say there is not a dull moment in this movie. If you enjoy a cute romantic comedy this is the movie for you.
The biggest surprise of this film is the fact that Otto Preminger directed it! What a departure from his usual dramatic flare! This is a sweet and cute comedy with an outstanding cast. It's great for viewing on a cold and rainy afternoon and it will definitely lighten your mood. Kudos to Maggie McNamara for her portrayal as the cute virgin ditz in this film. What a shame she died at 49 as a suicide. Having been raised Catholic, I vividly remember this film being "Condemned" not only by the Catholic Church but it was banned in several states. Seeing it again now, I am at a loss as to WHY! There is no sex, no cursing, no violence. I just don't get it!
Sweet and enjoyable
- P Hill
I saw this on tv this morning and was reminded how I liked it the first time I saw it, many years ago. The dialogue is sparky and fun, and the somewhat one-dimensional characters are still recognizable from real life, and likeable. It might be like a filmed stage play, but some films are like that, and that's okay.
It was pretty good.
- Brittany, age 14
Well, I overall enjoyed the movie, but it wasn't great. An amusing storyline, although it isn't really the kind of movie you watch again and again. Not a whole lot of depth to the story, but the main character Patty was well thought and interesting at times.
The Moon is Blue
- Gina Livingston
I lOVE LOVE LOVE THIS MOVIE! Niven and Holden are absolutely superb. Niven is at his Niven-ish best! And Maggie does a great job playing a professional virgin. I always feel good all over watching it and the witty banter is so clever and amusing. I have been waiting for several years for this movie to turn up again on TV! Why, TCM, oh why, don't you show it more often? Please, please please, do so!
The Moon Is Blue (1953)
- James Higgins
I am not sure why there was such a fuss back in 1953 when this film was released. It was released without the Motion Picture Production Code approval, because words like "virgin" and "mistress" were used. Director Otto Preminger refused to have them taken out, thus a scandal. It's hard to believe!! The comedy is actually rather bland, it is saved by William Holden and David Niven's presence. I can't imagine how Maggie McNamara nabbed an Oscar nomination for this one.
Would like to see Moon is Blue -Nivens
I enjoy this moving very much and I would like to see it as part of the upcoming movies.This would be great.
A delightful comedy
- monica chang
This is a light-hearted and most entertaining comedy. The dialogs are just so humorous and witty. I've enjoyed watching it over and over again. It would be great to have it on hand and watch it at any time. Otto Preminger was such a great director. William Holden was so handsome. He is a natural for this role. David Niven, a witty person dilivered those witty line to perfection.