- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 17 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: March 23, 2009
- Originally Released: 1953
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
Cattle rustler Wes Anderson has just delivered the eulogy at a funeral - his own. He was supposed to be hanged, dead and gone. But a mob put the noose around the wrong man's neck. Anderson escaped. And now he aims to settle the score with the vigilantes who arranged his necktie party.
Almost a decade after their landmark Double Indemnity, Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck doubled up again for the cowboy saga The Moonlighter (seen in 3-D in some theaters). MacMurray portrays hardened outlaw Anderson. Stanwyck is the woman once romantically linked to him, but soon wearing a deputy's badge and sworn to bring Anderson back dead or alive. She always gets her man.
Disreputable wanderer Wes Anderson (Fred MacMurray) has been thrown in a frontier town calaboose, accused of being a "moonlighter" -- a cowpuncher who herds cattle by day and steals them by night. When Anderson escapes from jail, another man is falsely accused of Wes' crimes and is promptly lynched. Driven by guilt and revenge, Wes is determined to punish those responsible for the hanging, and to pay for a decent funeral for the innocent victim. In doing this, however, Wes turns from moonlighting to bank robbing, and it is up to his erstwhile sweetheart, Rela (Barbara Stanwyck) to bring him to justice. Along the way, Wes' criminal tendencies have tragic consequences for his hero-worshipping brother, Tom (William Ching). Originally released in 3-D, THE MOONLIGHTER is currently available only in 2-D, its only novelty value being the re-teaming of DOUBLE INDEMNITY stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck (who would again work together three years later in the low-key domestic drama THERE'S ALWAYS TOMORROW).