The Moon is Blue (1953)

“I wonder why it tis that young men are always cautioned against bad girls? Anyone can handle a bad girl, it’s the good girls men ought to be warned against.” David Slater

Number of Times Seen – 1 (19 Nov 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An architect meets a young woman on the top of the Empire State Building and tries to win her heart.

My Take on it – This is a film that I came across during my quest to watch all films that feature Oscar nominated performances.

I knew nothing about the premise and was quite surprised at how enjoyable and fun this film is.

When it came out in the early 50’s, it was quite controversial and risque due to it’s plot and dialogue but when comparing it to today’s standards it comes across as bring quite tame and wholesome even which says so much about the standards of both time frames.

The cast is great and both William Holden and David Niven are great in their roles as somewhat older men trying to win the heart of a young, energetic and intelligent young woman.

Maggie McNamara is perfectly cast in this role and easily matches (if nit surpasses) her co-stars with this performance.

She was quite deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work in this movie.

The film’ dialogue is superbly written and is filled with lots of wit and humor that helps keep things so enjoyable.

The dialogue is delivered in a rapid fire manner that helps keep the pacing of things moving along and this helps make things stay enjoyable throughout.

Bottom Line – Really enjoyable film that works on so many levels. The story and dialogue was quite risque for it time, but compared to today’s standards it’s extremely tame. Holden and Niven are both great here as two men trying to vie for this young twenty something girl. McNamara outdoes both of them in the role of the girl and makes the story wok even better by her performance. She was deservingly nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her work here. The dialogue s quite witty and is delivered by all of the characters in rapid fire motion which helps keep things moving along at a great pace while also remaining enjoyable throughout. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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2 thoughts on “The Moon is Blue (1953)

  1. There was a later episode of “M*A*S*H” where the soldiers are thrilled to have obtained the film for their camp’s Movie Night because they had read stateside reports about how the movie was offending people with its frankness. The show’s final scene has the soldiers stupefied at how innocent and boring the movie is.


  2. Pingback: Temporal Top Ten – 1953 | MovieRob

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