The Moon Is Blue

Starring: William Holden Director: Otto Preminger
"Once in a blue moon, a beguiling movie ignites landmark controversy. It begins and ends on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, a fitting site for this 1953 movie that erupted into a towering controversy."
The Moon Is Blue
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Warner Archives
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 07/29/1994
"...A triumph over censorship..."

Description by OLDIES.com:

It begins and ends on the observation deck of the Empire State Building, a fitting site for this 1953 movie that erupted into a towering controversy.

The charm of the film's William Holden/David Niven/Maggie McNamara triangle notwithstanding, Hollywood's Production Code refused to approve The Moon Is Blue because of an "unacceptably light attitude toward seduction." Among the movie's offending words: "virgin" and "pregnant." But producer/director Otto Preminger, who had triumphantly staged The Moon Is Blue on Broadway and had seen it become a smash hit on a national stage tour, refused to change a scene or a word. In an unprecedented move, he released the film without the Code's seal. Audiences backed Preminger at the box office - and a new era of moviemaking independence dawned.

Product Description:

A sexy comedy which raised a few eyebrows (for its inclusion of the word "virgin") during the conservative atmosphere of 1953. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress--Maggie McNamara, Best Song ("The Moon is Blue").

Plot Synopsis:

An aging playboy meets his match when he falls for an attractive young woman who steadfastly refuses to relinquish her virginity. Of course, her withholding act makes the middle-aged lothario go mad with desire, and he increases his seduction efforts ten-fold. Will she give in'

Plot Keywords:

Romance | Theatrical Release | Vintage

Production Notes:

  • In 1969, the film was reissued and rated MPAA M. When the rating system changed, it was rated MPAA PG.
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