The Moonlighter

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Overview

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, ...
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Overview

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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A so-so Western that benefits from the star power of its two leads, The Moonlighter was shot in 3-D, but to no discernible effect; aside from a few obvious "at the camera" moments, there's little here to differentiate it from a regular 2-D affair. Indeed, there's little to differentiate it from any number of Westerns. Niven Busch's screenplay makes a few stabs at trying something different; the moonlighter "occupation" of the main character, for example, is not something one sees in many films, and his desire to acquire a decent funeral for an innocent man hanged for his own moonlighting crimes has potential. But Busch doesn't really do enough with these ideas, and instead falls back on formula situations and stock characters. Roy Rowland's direction doesn't improve matters. It's not bad, and in some places, such as the confrontation between Barbara Stanwyck and Ward Bond, is quite good; but it rarely feels like Rowland was really very interested in what he was shooting. Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray, fortunately, have a great chemistry together, and they handle their roles with great skill. Bond is also quite good, and the supporting cast in general is an asset.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2009
  • UPC: 883316127063
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,914

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Rela
Fred MacMurray Wes Anderson
Ward Bond Cole
William Ching Tom Anderson
John Dierkes Sheriff Daws
Morris Ankrum Prince
Jack Elam Strawboss
Charles Halton Clem Usquebaugh
Myra Marsh Mrs. Anderson
David Alpert
Gregg Barton
Robert Bice
Joel Fluellen
Byron Foulger
Myron Healey
Ron Kennedy
Burt Mustin
Steve Rowland
William Hunter
Sam Flint Mr. Mott
Norman Leavitt Tidy
Almira Sessions
Technical Credits
Roy Rowland Director
Joseph Bernhard Producer
Niven Busch Screenwriter
Bert Glennon Cinematographer
Daniel Hall Art Director
Joe King Costumes/Costume Designer
Fred MacLean Set Decoration/Design
Terrell O. Morse Editor
Ann Peck Costumes/Costume Designer
Heinz Roemheld Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
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