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The Moonlighter Details


Disreputable wanderer Wes Anderson (Fred MacMurray) has been thrown in a frontier town calaboose, accused of being a "moonlighter" -- a cowpuncher who herds cattle by day and steals them by night. When Anderson escapes from jail, another man is falsely accused of Wes' crimes and is promptly lynched. Driven by guilt and revenge, Wes is determined to punish those responsible for the hanging, and to pay for a decent funeral for the innocent victim. In doing this, however, Wes turns from moonlighting to bank robbing, and it is up to his erstwhile sweetheart, Rela (Barbara Stanwyck) to bring him to justice. Along the way, Wes' criminal tendencies have tragic consequences for his hero-worshipping brother, Tom (William Ching). Originally released in 3-D, The Moonlighter is currently available only in 2-D, its only novelty value being the re-teaming of William Ching stars Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck (who would again work together three years later in the low-key domestic drama William Ching). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Barbara Stanwyck
as Rela
Fred MacMurray
as Wes Anderson
Ward Bond
as Cole
William Ching
as Tom Anderson
John Dierkes
as Sheriff Daws
Morris Ankrum
as Prince
Jack Elam
as Strawboss
Charles Halton
as Clem Usquebaugh
Myra Marsh
as Mrs. Anderson
Gregg Barton
Robert Bice
Joel Fluellen
Byron Foulger
Myron Healey
Ron Kennedy
Burt Mustin
Sam Flint
as Mr. Mott
Norman Leavitt
as Tidy
Almira Sessions
Norman Leavitt
as Tidy
Sam Flint
as Mr. Mott


Roy Rowland
Niven Busch
Bert Glennon
Heinz Roemheld
Composer (Music Score)
Heinz Roemheld
Musical Direction/Supervision
Terrell O. Morse