The Moonlighter

Film

Westerns

 

Time Out says

This early 20th century Western (the bank robbers make their getaway by jalopy) is a love-hate melodrama characteristic of writer Niven Busch. Wes (MacMurray) and Rela (Stanwyck) are lovers from way back, but after outlaw Wes goes a stick-up too far and gets his younger, gentler brother killed, Rela reaches for her Winchester and sets out to kill him. Busch (Duel in the Sun, Pursued, The Furies) was usually lucky with his directors, but this one finds Rowland on indifferent form. A shoot-out on a desolate hillside isn't bad, but everything goes for far less than it should, and the ending is soppily un-Busch-like. Still, a not uninteresting obscurity. The opening credits appearing over a mountain range and soaring off into the sky, must have looked great in the original 3-D.
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Release details

UK release:

1953

Duration:

75 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Roy Rowland

Cast:

John Dierkes, William Ching, Ward Bond, Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Jack Elam

Music:

Heinz Roemheld

Art Director:

Dan Hall

Editor:

Terry Morse

Cinematography:

Bert Glennon

Screenwriter:

Niven Busch

Producer:

Joseph Bernhard

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