The Moon Is Blue 

Comedy | English | 99 minutes


Young actress Patty O’Neill meets playboy architect Donald Gresham on the Observation Deck of the Empire State Building. Donald invites Patty to his apartment on Madison Avenue. Fending off Donald’s attempts to seduce her, Patty instead cooks him dinner and sews a button on is coat. In the same building, Patty meets Donald’s ex-fiancée, Dawn, and her lecherous father David Slater. While Patty is more interested in having spirited discussions with Donald and David, they have other ideas. The next day Patty returns to the Empire State Building and Donald is there. He professes love for Patty and she must decide if this is the real thing.

William Holden (Donald Gresham) / David Niven (David Slater) / Maggie McNamara (Patty O’Neill) / Dan Adams ( Cynthia Slater)
Why Stream This Film?
This lovely film about a virtuous young woman looking for a meaningful relationship was banned by the MPAA censor Joseph Breen ruling it morally unacceptable. Incredible!
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 44%
  • Academy Awards: Nominated, Best Actress in a Leading Role (Maggie McNamara)
  • BAFTA Awards: Nominated, Best Film
  • Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Actor – Comedy or Musical (David Niven)
  • Writers Guild of America: Nominated, Best Written American Comedy (F. Hugh Herbert)
What keeps this frothy film interesting, in a perverse way, is that the goody-two-shoes Patty comes across as calculating while the two playboys are viewed as much more sympathetic figures despite all their conniving attempts to score a virgin.
Dennis Schwartz

Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews

“THE MOON IS BLUE is a small comedy that seems to sparkle, sound monotonous, look machine-made, and appear smartly guided at the same moment.”
Manny Farber

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