M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Moon Is Not Blue 

Bored at the terrible film selection, Hawkeye and BJ try to get a copy of the notorious film, "The Moon is Blue." Wounded General Rothaker declares prohibition in camp.


Charles S. Dubin


Larry Balmagia, Karen Hall (story editor) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Jamie Farr ... Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Hamilton Camp ... Maj. Frankenheimer
Sandy Helberg ... Cpl. Bannister
Larry Ward ... General Rothaker
Jeff Maxwell ... Igor Straminsky
Jan Jorden Jan Jorden ... Nurse Baker


Bored at the terrible film selection, Hawkeye and BJ try to get a copy of the notorious film, "The Moon is Blue." Wounded General Rothaker declares prohibition in camp.

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

13 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The final acting performance of Larry Ward before his death in 1985. See more »


Just after BJ and Hawkeye try to bribe Frankenheimer in his office, he puts his hands on the armrests of his chair as if to get up but his hands are folded on his lap as the camera angle changes. See more »


Major Charles Winchester: [after B.J. and Hawkeye mention that the movie The Moon Is Blue was banned in Boston] In Boston, they would've banned Pinocchio.
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References Swamp Water (1941) See more »


Music by Lionel Newman
Plays in the Officers' Club
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Those Bostonians
2 May 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A teetotaling general, despite having his life saved at the MASH unit, says he smelled alcohol on the breath of an orderly. He immediately declares the 4077th dry. There is a second plot and that is that the same movies keep getting sent to the unit over and over. Hawkeye is reading Stars and Stripes and sees a movie that was not allowed to get the seal of approval, due to suggestive sexual content. They soon submerge themselves in the bureaucracy of the military concerning who gets what, when. The movie is "The Moon Is Blue." They pull every finagle they can and think they are going to finally see it, with unfortunate results. For anyone who knows a little bit about movies, they know that this was a real clunker. It still makes for an interesting episode with some rather fascinating characters.

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