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The Moonlighter (1953)





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Fred MacMurray teams up again with his Double Indemnity co-star Barbara Stanwyck to dull results in this pokey western that was originally shown in 3-D. MacMurray is a villain currently doing time for "moonlighting," meaning that he is a legitimate cowhand by day and a low-down rustler at night. Slippery MacMurray manages to bust out of jail before the lynchers come. In their fury for vengeance, the mob hangs the wrong man. MacMurray is outraged and secretly pays for the hanged man's funeral. He then gets vengeance upon the unjust townsfolk. Later, he beings robbing banks, his girl friend Stanwyck is assigned to capture him. She succeeds and he willingly returns to jail, sure that she will await his release.

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Fred MacMurray
as Wes Anderson
Ward Bond
as Cole Gardner
William Ching
as Tom Anderson
John Dierkes
as Sheriff Daws
Jack Elam
as Strawboss
Charles Halton
as Clem Usquebaugh
Sam Flint
as Mr. Mott
Myra Marsh
as Mrs. Anderson
Burt Mustin
as Turnkey (uncredited)
Byron Foulger
as Mr. Gurley (uncredited)
Myron Healey
as Deputy Joe Bayliss (uncredited)
William Hunter
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Robert Bice
as Prince's Henchman (uncredited)
Gregg Barton
as Prince's Henchman (uncredited)
David Alpert
as Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Steve Rowland
as Marilla, Teenage Sweeper (uncredited)
Joel Fluellen
as Black Man in Jail Cell (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Moonlighter

All Critics (2)

I cannot imagine why Warners put two top stars into such a production, or why the earnest Miss Stanwyck, even for art's sake, should love MacMurray's unshaven dolt.

March 25, 2019 | Full Review…

A muddled Western, set in the early part of the 20th century, shot unnecessarily in 3-D and in Black-and-White, that's indifferently helmed by Roy Rowland.

December 29, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Moonlighter

A great leading lady in a mediocre western that she's too good for.

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