Night of the Quarter Moon

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Night of the Quarter Moon
Night of the Quarter Moon poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Hugo Haas
Written byFranklin Coen
Frank Davis
Produced by Albert Zugsmith
Starring Julie London
John Drew Barrymore
Anna Kashfi
Dean Jones
Agnes Moorehead
Nat King Cole
Cinematography Ellis W. Carter
Edited by Ben Lewis
Music by Albert Glasser
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 4, 1959 (1959-03-04)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$538,000 [1]
Box office$940,000 [1]

Night of the Quarter Moon is a 1959 American drama film directed by Hugo Haas and written by Franklin Coen and Frank Davis. The film stars Julie London, John Drew Barrymore, Anna Kashfi, Dean Jones, Agnes Moorehead and Nat King Cole. The film was released on March 4, 1959, by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. [2] [3]



A young man returns home with a new bride, but his family objects when they learn she is of mixed race.



The film was based on an original story by Frank Davis and Franklin Coen. Albert Zugsmith, who had a producing deal with MGM, bought it in September 1957. [4] Zugsmith gave lead roles to John Drew Barrymore, who had been in the producer's High School Confidential, and Julie London. [5]


Box Office

According to MGM records the movie earned $465,000 in the US and Canada and $475,000 elsewhere, making a loss to the studio of $146,000. [1]


It was described by Mae Tinee in a Chicago Tribune review as, "one of the most inept films I've ever encountered [...] contrived and insulting to the intelligence [...] completely tasteless [...] sordid, sexy and senseless [...] contrived and ridiculous [...] a sheer waste of time." [6]


Anna Kashfi won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Cartagena Film Festival in 1961. [7]

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