I hope this blog piece inspires comments from Marilyn Monroe fans. I recently watched The Moon Is Blue for the first time. In its day, it was a very popular romantic comedy directed by Otto Preminger. The Anatomy of a Murder director was a producer of The Moon Is Blue on Broadway. As a film director, Preminger didn't exactly have the George Stevens, Billy Wilder or Ernst Lubitsch flair for romantic comedy. He couldn't bring a champagne cocktail fizz to a fluffy comedy like that. Preminger was more a straight shot of Scotch guy. He was blunt. A dramatic story with twisted love, anger, sex and a murder? That was good turf for Otto. Think of his murder mystery, Laura, and his dramatic musical, Carmen Jones, which brought a historic Best Actress Oscar nomination to Dorothy Dandridge. This isn't Preminger material. It's like more of a Charles Walters project for Debbie Reynolds at MGM. But that famed studio adhered to the prudish 1930s Hollywood production codes of language and visuals. Those codes would start to weaken in the 1950s. One thing that made The Moon Is Blue such a hot ticket is that Catholics were forbidden to see it. A Catholic league that rated entertainment choices declared it "Condemned." Why? The word "virgin" was said in it -- and not in reference to the Holy Mother. If moviegoers heard the word "virgin" in a Hollywood movie before 1953, it was a Christmas story. This time the word was used in reference to the wholesome yet passive-aggressive lead character played by the late Maggie McNamara. She's an aspring actress who's more focused on finding a husband than she is on the craft of acting. She allows herself to be lured to the bachelor apartment of a charming Manhattan architect played by a charming William Holden.