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Blood on the Moon Details


One of the best "psychological" westerns of the 1940s, RKO Radio's Blood on the Moon stars Robert Mitchum as itinerant cowboy Jim Garry. Riding into a Texas Indian reservation, Garry finds himself embroiled in a deadly feud between cattle ranchers and homesteaders. He befriends both Amy Lufton (Barbara Bel Geddes), daughter of wealthy cattle man John Lufton (Tom Tully), and smooth-talking mercenary Tate Rilling (Robert Preston). What neither Garry nor Amy realize is that Rilling is a snake, conspiring with crooked Indian agent Jake Pindalest (Frank Faylen) to make off with Lufton's cattle. At first aligning himself with Rilling, Garry finally figures out that his so-called friend is up to no good and casts his lot with Lufton, leading to a bloody showdown. Based on the novel by Luke Short, Blood on the Moon was given top-grade treatment by director Robert Wise, an alumnus of RKO Radio's editing department. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:November 9, 1948


Robert Mitchum
as Jim Garry
Barbara Bel Geddes
as Amy Lufton
Robert Preston
as Tate Biling
Walter Brennan
as Kris Barden
Phyllis Thaxter
as Carol Lufton
Frank Faylen
as Jack Pindalest
Tom Tully
as John Lufton
Charles McGraw
as Milo Sweet
Tom Tyler
as Frank Rearden
Bud Osborne
as Cap Willis
Zon Murray
as Nels Titterton
Robert Bray
as Bart Daniels
George A. Cooper
as Fred Borden
Tom Keene
as Ted Eiser
George A. Cooper
as Fred Borden


Robert Wise
Sid Rogell
Theron Warth
Lillie Hayward
Luke Short
Book Author
Nick Musuraca
Constantin Bakaleinikoff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Roy Webb
Composer (Music Score)
Albert S. D'Agostino
Art Director
Darrell Silvera
Set Designer
Edward Stevenson
Costume Designer
Terry Kellum
Sound/Sound Designer
Gordon Bau