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Blood on the Moon (1948) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Theron Warth and Sid Rogell.


In this adaptation of Luke Short's novel Gunman's Choice, a drifter finds himself caught in the middle of a battle between a rancher and a ruthless group of cattle rustlers. Jim Garry meets up with his old friend Tate Riling, who gives him a job. But when Jim realizes what Tate has in mind, he has second thoughts. Riling has been exacerbating a feud between rancher John Lufton and a group of settlers to make sure that Lufton and his family don't get grazing land for their cattle. If his scheme proves successful, Riling stands to get the Luftons' livestock at a fire-sale price. After some coaxing from John and his daughter Amy, Jim agrees to help them fight off Tate and his brutal henchmen in a thrilling climax.

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MITCHUM RIDES A DARK RANGE: Pursued, 1947 and Blood on the Moon, 1948

on Feb 8, 2021 From Caftan Woman

Jeb Rand (Robert Mitchum) is pursued by vague memories of his youth and a life plagued with doubts and nightmares. He is also pursued by Grant Callum (Dean Jagger) who, for reasons of his own, wants to kill "the last of the Rands."Mrs. Callum (Judith Anderson) is "Mother Callum" to Jeb. She has been... Read full article

Western Noir: Blood on the Moon (1948)

By shadowsandsatin on Jul 21, 2020 From Shadows and Satin

Several months ago, on Twitter, I asked for recommendations for westerns ? it?s a genre I never really cared much about (like horror films and musicals), but that I wanted to explore (unlike horror films and musicals). I received dozens of suggested titles ? unfortunately, I was only able to access ... Read full article

On Blu-ray: Robert Mitchum in a Film-Noir on the Range Blood on the Moon (1948)

By KC on Jul 15, 2020 From Classic Movies

The moody, fatalistic feel of Blood on the Moon (1948) is unusual for a western, if not unheard of in the genre. Its noirish story of double-crosses and turf battles could be transported to rain-slicked city streets with little change, the plot points as well-suited to urban organized crime as cattl... Read full article

Blood on the Moon (1948): A Robert Mitchum Horse Noir

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 13, 2020 From 4 Star Films

This is admittedly nitpicky, but the title cards of Blood on the Moon are a bit jarring as the white-lettered names all but disappear into the sliver of light stretching across the otherwise black canvas of the screen. Thus, I missed out on about a fourth of the names in the cast. Opening credits as... Read full article

Blood on the Moon by Alan K. Rode

By Raquel Stecher on Nov 30, -0001 From Out of the Past - A Classic Film Blog

Reel West: Blood on the Moonby Alan K. RodeUniversity of New Mexico PressPaperback ISBN: 9780826364692March 2023136 pagesAmazon — Barnes and Noble — Larry Edmunds — Powell's“The film transplanted the dark urban environs of the city into the West’s iconography.... Akin t... Read full article

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Quotes from

Jim Garry: I've been mixed up in a lot of things, Tate, but up to now, I've never been hired for my guns.
Tate Riling: Can you afford to be so particular?

Kris Barden: Did you ever notice how them four always stick together?
Fred Barden: Why not? Reardon and Shotten work for Riling, and Garry's a friend that just came in to help.
Kris Barden: I can buy me that kind of friend for $75 a month and no questions asked.

Jim Garry: It starts with your double-cross of a bunch of jug-headed farmers and the hiring of gun hands. It goes on to your making love to a man's daughter to get her to turn against her own father, and your try for Lufton today. It's past that, to the death of Kris Barden's son, and it winds up right here, with Reardon waiting outside to see if I go with you, or if he shoots me in the back.

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Facts about

In 1953, RKO reissued this film theatrically on a double bill with another western, Fort Apache starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda, with the tag line "Two Rip-Roaring Action Hits!"
In 1957, this film was distributed on a double bill in the USA with Battle Hell. (Battle Hell was retitled "Battle Hell".)
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