Moonlight and Cactus (1944)

60 mins | Western, Musical comedy | 9 September 1944

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

Ray Snyder

Production Designers:

John Goodman, Martin Obzina

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

This film was not available for viewing, and sources differ on the ending, some implying that "Pasqualito" truly wanted to protect Tom's cattle from the women, while others suggesting that he merely covered up his thievery by faking ... More Less

This film was not available for viewing, and sources differ on the ending, some implying that "Pasqualito" truly wanted to protect Tom's cattle from the women, while others suggesting that he merely covered up his thievery by faking protection. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
26 Aug 1944.
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Daily Variety
17 Aug 44
p. 3.
Film Daily
23 Oct 44
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Aug 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Aug 44
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 44
p. 23.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
5 Feb 44
p. 1746.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Aug 44
p. 2067.
Variety
17 Aug 1944.
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Variety
20 Aug 1944.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig scr, Orig scr
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus arr
SOUND
Dir of sd
[Sd] tech
DANCE
Dances staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Send Me a Man, Amen," words and music by Ray Gilbert and Sidney Miller
"Wa-Hoo," words and music by Cliff Friend
"Down in the Valley," traditional
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SONGS
"Send Me a Man, Amen," words and music by Ray Gilbert and Sidney Miller
"Wa-Hoo," words and music by Cliff Friend
"Down in the Valley," traditional
"Sing," words and music by Harold Mooney and Hugh Prince
"Heave Ho! My Lads, Heave Ho!" words and music by Lt. Jack Lawrence
"C'Mere Baby," words and music by Roy Jordan and Lanny Grey
"The Happy Hand-Clapping Song," words and music by Mann Curtis
"Home," words and music by Harry Clarkson, Peter Van Steeden and Jeff Clarkson.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
9 September 1944
Production Date:
mid August--late August 1943
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
17 November 1943
Copyright Number:
LP12380
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
5,371
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
9708
SYNOPSIS

During his shore leave, Merchant Marine petty officer Tom Garrison brings his pals, Stubby, Slugger and Punchy, who have just gambled away all their money in a crap game to another friend, Lucky, as well as his ship's band, back to his San Diego cattle ranch. Once there, he is startled to find that during his absence the ranch has been run entirely by women from a local agricultural school, including foreman Louise "Lou" Ferguson, housekeeper Abigail, and ranch hands and entertainers Patty, Maxine and LaVerne Andrews. Tom congratulates Lou on her management of the ranch, but at a barbecue held the next day to welcome Tom home, Lou confesses to him that large numbers of cattle have recently disappeared. Together, they decide to hire Pasqualito and his Indian assistant, Ogala, neighboring ranchers who have boasted of their skills as detectives, to track down the thieves. Soon after, however, Pasqualito, who is an old friend of Tom's father, holds a party at his ranch, and while the Andrews Sisters perform, Tom discovers his missing cattle on Pasqualito's property. When they confront him, Pasqualito tells them he was merely holding the cattle on his ranch for safekeeping. His property restored, Tom asks Lou to marry him before he returns to war ... +


During his shore leave, Merchant Marine petty officer Tom Garrison brings his pals, Stubby, Slugger and Punchy, who have just gambled away all their money in a crap game to another friend, Lucky, as well as his ship's band, back to his San Diego cattle ranch. Once there, he is startled to find that during his absence the ranch has been run entirely by women from a local agricultural school, including foreman Louise "Lou" Ferguson, housekeeper Abigail, and ranch hands and entertainers Patty, Maxine and LaVerne Andrews. Tom congratulates Lou on her management of the ranch, but at a barbecue held the next day to welcome Tom home, Lou confesses to him that large numbers of cattle have recently disappeared. Together, they decide to hire Pasqualito and his Indian assistant, Ogala, neighboring ranchers who have boasted of their skills as detectives, to track down the thieves. Soon after, however, Pasqualito, who is an old friend of Tom's father, holds a party at his ranch, and while the Andrews Sisters perform, Tom discovers his missing cattle on Pasqualito's property. When they confront him, Pasqualito tells them he was merely holding the cattle on his ranch for safekeeping. His property restored, Tom asks Lou to marry him before he returns to war duty. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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