The Moon Is Blue

The Moon Is Blue

Otto Preminger (1953)

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William Holden meets actress Maggie McNamara on top of the Empire State Building, only for McNamara to be pursued by older man David Niven. This mildly amusing comedy of romantic errors was a huge box-office success when director Otto Preminger defied the censor and released the film with dialogue that was considered extreme for its day. This adaptation of F Hugh Herbert's Broadway play was a two-pronged act of defiance by the tyrannically single-minded Preminger; he also gave an enormously appreciated boost to Niven's career simply by casting him. Niven had broken with a vindictive Sam Goldwyn and was described by this film's production company, United Artists, as "all washed up". Given the chance to prove himself once again, Niven rose to the challenge brilliantly.


An architect invites an actress he meets on the top of the Empire State Building to have dinner at his apartment. The romantic evening is interrupted by a visit from his ex-fiancee's father, who becomes intent on seducing her - but both men are shocked to discover she intends to remain a virgin until marriage. Otto Preminger's comedy, starring Maggie McNamara, David Niven and William Holden.

Cast & Crew

Donald Gresham William Holden (2)
David Slater David Niven
Patty O'Neill Maggie McNamara
Michael O'Neill Tom Tully
Cynthia Slater Dawn Addams
Taxi driver Gregory Ratoff
Director Otto Preminger
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: United Artists Corp. LtdAvailable on: video