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The Moon Is Blue (1953) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Otto Preminger and produced by Otto Preminger.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressMaggie McNamaraNominated
Best Film EditingOtto LudwigNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Herschel Burke Gilbert; Lyrics by Sylvia FineNominated
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The Moon is Blue (1953)

By Kristen on Jun 11, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

I mentioned reviewing The Moon is Blue when I did my first ever blogathon (The Gone Too Soon Blogathon) and discussed star Maggie McNamara. ?It was recently on TCM (and I had NO idea TCM actually sold DVD copies of this…gotta buy one) and figured now’s as good a time as any to review it ... Read full article


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Donald Gresham: Believe it or not, I never touched her.
David Slater: You know, it just occurred to me, that might very well have been the wrong you done her, according to Cynthia's book. Now I can understand why she was so sore this morning. A very humiliating experience. I probably should beat you up, anyway.
Donald Gresham: Let me get this straight. I am to be horsewhipped for *not* seducing your daughter?
David Slater: It's quite a new twist, isn't it?


Donald Gresham: [on the observation deck at the top of the Empire State building] Oh? What are you excited about?
Patty O'Neill: Coming up here. I wanted to for years.
Donald Gresham: Well then, why didn't you?
Patty O'Neill: Frankly, because I couldn't afford it. Can get a lovely pair of nylons for dollar twenty.


Patty O'Neill: Oh, I know! Let's not go out. Let's fix dinner up here. I am simply a sensational cook.
Donald Gresham: Well, unfortunately I haven't any sensational food.
Patty O'Neill: Oh, you must have something.
[opens the icebox]
Patty O'Neill: I thought you surely must have some leftovers. You know, what I can do with leftovers is nobody's business! Do you like kadguree?
Donald Gresham: I beg your pardon?
Patty O'Neill: Kadguree. It's made with finnan haddie. Do you have any finnan haddie?
Donald Gresham: I wouldn't be found dead with finnan haddie.
Patty O'Neill: Aw, that's an awful thing to say. You haven't even tasted it. It's delicious.


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This movie was used as a part of a plot line in the "The Moon is Not Blue" episode of "M*A*S*H." The plot line focuses on Hawkeye Pierce and B.J. Hunnicut trying to obtain a copy of the movie for the 4077th after hearing it has been banned in Boston.
Character actress Florence Bates and celebrity restaurateur Michael Romanoff, neither of whom are cast in film proper, are prominently featured as audience members in the elaborate trailer that appears as an extra on some home video versions of this movie.
First post-Hayes mainstream Hollywood film to use the word "virgin," after a battle with the official and unofficial censors. Also the first use of "seduce" and "mistress" (as a sexual partner). The movie was banned from theaters in Boston for using these words.
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