Moon is Blue              1953 was the year the Production Code began to unravel, and in no short part due to the film, The Moon is Blue.

                 Laced with brazen questions brought on by Maggie McNamara , it’s William Holden who ends up holding all the moral ground in this story. It’s difficult to tell who is picking up who in the gift shop of the Empire State Building, and no way to tell what is about to follow! As Maggie accepts an invitation to Holden’s apartment she is well aware of what it may entail and has formed in her own mind how far is too far. Meanwhile, her insistence on staying out of the rain and cooking dinner at his apartment drives Holden out for groceries, leaving the girl unattended and fresh bait for David Niven. David is the father of Holden’s most recent female conquest, and there to talk about the grave insult he is responsible for, regarding his daughter; his insult-not sleeping with her. Thus progresses an interesting evening filled with accusations, assault, proposals, refusals, and confusion.  It’s an excellent film, reminding me slightly of the brazen attitude found in The Voice of the Turtle.

                This film, sprung from the Broadway sensation of the same name, was released WITHOUT the Production Code Seal, and while many feared that the film would be ill-received, all found that the cult following of writer/director Otto Preminger made it quite a success. The words Preminger refused to remove from the script that led to the movie being released without the Production Code Seal: Virgin, Mistress, Pregnant and Seduction.

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  1. I have such a soft spot for “The Moon is Blue” — it’s one of the movies I tend to watch when I feel like seeing something relaxing and cute. William Holden is at his handsomest and David Niven is at his most roguishly charming. The subject matter seems so innocent and tame by today’s standards, however. Or even by pre-code movie standards! Hard to see what all the fuss was about.

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