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Moonlight and Cactus (1944)

Petty Officer Tom Garrison (Tom Seidel)of the Merchant Marines returns on shore leave to his cattle ranch, and brings with him shipmates "Stubby" (Eddie Quillan),"Slugger" (Murray Alper),"... See full summary »


Edward F. Cline


Eugene Conrad (original screenplay), Paul Gerard Smith (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
The Andrews Sisters ... The Andrews Sisters
Patty Andrews ... Patty
Maxene Andrews ... Maxene
Laverne Andrews ... Laverne
Leo Carrillo ... Pasqualito Luigi
Elyse Knox ... Louise Ferguson
Tom Seidel ... Tom Garrison
Shemp Howard ... Punchy Carter
Eddie Quillan ... Stubby Lamont
Murray Alper ... Slugger
Tom Kennedy ... Lucky
Frank Lackteen ... Ogala
Chatita Tovar Chatita Tovar ... Child Dancer
Minerva Urecal ... Abigail
Mitchell Ayres Mitchell Ayres ... Mitch Ayres (as Mitch Ayres)


Petty Officer Tom Garrison (Tom Seidel)of the Merchant Marines returns on shore leave to his cattle ranch, and brings with him shipmates "Stubby" (Eddie Quillan),"Slugger" (Murray Alper),"Punchy" (Shemp Howard), and "Lucky" (Tom Kennedy). At the ranch, Tom finds that because of WWII manpower shortage, women have taken over operating the ranch. Heading the cowgirls are Patty Andrews, Maxene Andrews, Laverne Andrews, Lou Ferguson (Elyse Knox) and Abigail (Minerva Urecal). Lou tells Tom that a large number of cattle have been mysteriously disappearing, and they decide to hire neighboring rancher Pasqualito (Leo Carrillo), who makes claims to being a great detective, and his assistant, Ogala (Frank Lackteen), an Indian. Tom's cattle show up on Pasqualito's ranchero, but he has an excuse. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A rhythm-rockin' round-up with The Super-Queens of Swing! (original print ad) See more »


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Release Date:

8 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cactus Round-Up See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Music by Hal Mooney(as Harold Mooney)
Lyrics by Hugh Prince (as Hughie Prince)
Sung by The Andrews Sisters
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Slight Musical Comedy Worth a Look for the Legendary Andrews Sisters
10 November 2016 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

This little WWII era musical was one of a half-dozen or so B movies Universal Pictures produced "starring" the legendary sister trio The Andrews Sisters, although here as in the others they are subordinate to the main storyline and are basically around just to sing. This is a typical, unmemorable boy meets girl tale starring the utterly gorgeous Elyse Knox (later, Mark Harmon's mother) and the pleasant but obscure Tom Seidel. Seidel owns a dude ranch and when he and his service buddies (most of them remarkably long in the tooth like Shemp Howard and Tom Kennedy) have a 10 day pass he takes them back home where he finds a young beauty (Elyse) is now managing the place with a all-girl crew including the Andrews gals. She's doing a fairly great job - though has a "little" problem with somebody apparently stealing some of the cattle! The storyline is second to the songs which are almost non-stop once the Andrews appear by the end of the second reel. The songs themselves aren't that much but their singing is wonderful. Blonde Patty Andrews has more to do in the story than older sisters Laverne and Maxine and she has a bit of a Betty Hutton touch to her limited number of lines (her sisters have virtually none).Elyse Knox is utterly beautiful and carries herself with a pleasant dignity like something of an American Madeleine Carroll. The most amusing moment has Shemp Howard pretending to be Patty as he runs his hands over Tom Kennedy's torso from behind in hopes of locating the money Kennedy has won from him in a crap game. This little movie shot on just a few sets (and not a cactus in sight, by the way) has some charm and if you admire any of the cast it's definitely worth a look.

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