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Video Review: 'Blood on the Moon'

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Blood On the Moon

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
performer:
Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Mitchum, Walter Brennan, Robert Preston
director:
Robert Wise
genre:
Western

We gave it a B

Director Robert Wise’s first big-budget picture has acquired a cult reputation as a genre hybrid — it’s a Western film noir — but aside from a lot of night scenes with moody photography, the claim seems exaggerated. Blood on the Moon is a standard-issue horse opera notable for one well-staged barroom brawl between Mitchum and Robert Preston. Still, it’s nice to have it on laserdisc from an okay print, but be warned: Wise’s bonus and often boring commentary isn’t likely to remind you of Noel Coward. B

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