The Moonlighter

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  • Approved
  • 1953
  • 1 hr 17 min
  • 5.8  (677)

The Moonlighter, a western drama film released in 1953, is a story of a rancher, Wes Anderson (Fred MacMurray) who returns to his hometown and reunites with his ex-lover, Rela (Barbara Stanwyck). In the town, Wes finds out that his old friend, Tom (Ward Bond), is now the sheriff and has been leading the efforts to capture a gang of thieves led by a man named Capt. Clark.

After a failed attempt to rob a bank, Wes is caught by Tom and brought to trial, where he is found guilty and sentenced to five years in prison. While serving his sentence, Wes makes friends with the inmate, Tug (William Ching). Tug knows where Clark's gang is hiding and promises to lead Wes to them if he helps him escape.

Wes and Tug manage to escape, and Wes keeps his promise to help Tug, but things take an unexpected turn when Tug dies in a gunfight with Clark's men. Wes is then left alone to complete the mission he started with Tug. He poses as a moonlighter, a cattle rustler working for Clark's gang, with the intention to gather enough evidence to help Tom and his team capture the gang.

However, things become complicated when Wes discovers that Rela is Clark's girlfriend. Wes's mission is now not only to prove his innocence and bring the gang to justice but also to save Rela from Clark's clutches. Wes finds it increasingly difficult to keep his emotions in check while working undercover in the gang. He is torn between his love for Rela, his loyalty to Tom, and his longing to go back to a normal life.

The movie features several iconic western themes, such as loyalty, sacrifice, and honor. The characters are well portrayed and the actors deliver commendable performances, particularly that of Stanwyck and MacMurray, who share good chemistry and add depth to their respective roles. The supporting cast, including Ward Bond as the sheriff and William Ching as Tug, also leave a lasting impression.

The Moonlighter is a suspenseful and exciting movie that keeps the viewers engaged right from the beginning. The intricate plot, combined with well-crafted action sequences, makes for an enjoyable watch. The movie also has a poignant ending that leaves a lasting impression on the audience.

In conclusion, The Moonlighter is a must-watch for fans of the western genre. The movie has stood the test of time, and its engaging storytelling and outstanding performances continue to resonate with the viewers even today.

The Moonlighter is a 1953 western with a runtime of 1 hour and 17 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

The Moonlighter
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    1 hr 17 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (677)