Night of the Quarter Moon

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]

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


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]

See also


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study
  2. HOWARD THOMPS0N (1959-03-05). "Movie Review - Night of the Quarter Moon - Racial Love Story". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  3. "Night of the Quarter Moon (1959) - Overview". Retrieved 2015-08-21.
  4. TIME FOR COMEDY AT MOVIE STUDIOS: New York Times 5 Sep 1957: 33.
  5. Columnist Offered Part in New Film Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-1995); Los Angeles, Calif. [Los Angeles, Calif]06 Aug 1958: B6.
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