The Moon Is Blue
The Moon Is Blue (1953)

Adapted from a stage play by F. Hugh Herbert, The Moon Is Blue concerns a young girl (Maggie McNamara) who is seduced by two men (William Holden and David Niven). Adamant about her chastity, she refuses to indulge either one.

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 5, 2004
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56%


Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Known today because it challenged the Hollywood Production Code.

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Film4

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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Tom Milne
Time Out

Despite the fuss at the time, there's little blue about this except the title.

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TV Guide's Movie 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.

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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.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A landmark of its time -- and a very dull one.

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Flixster Audience Score: 56% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Silly comedy once notorious for it's use of the word virgin is now just dated nonsense.
John Ballantine
Preminger likely was proud of this film pushing the Code's seal of approval and Niven thought enough about it to name his autobiography after it but it… More
Stefan P
What a shame. One of the best movies I've seen and there's almost no one that has seen it. The script is absolutely brilliant. So is the acting. So is… More