Moonlighting: "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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One of Moonlighting's most well-remembered episodes, the film noirish "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" was shot and aired (mostly) in black and white, featured a rare early series kiss between the leads, gave Cybill Shepherd a stage to belt out some sultry numbers, and was introduced by legendary director Orson Welles.  The episode told the story of David and Maddie's individual "dreamt" solutions to  a '40s murder case, and was filmed in two styles: a glossy MGM studio look (for Maddie's dream) and a gritty Warner Bros. studio style (for David's dream).

At the Emmys that year, Moonlighting scored 16 nominations, but notoriously took home just one award (for editing).  This episode contributed specifically to the Emmy nominations Moonlighting received in such categories as: writing, directing, art direction, costume design, dramatic musical score, hairstyling, editing, and cinematography.

Orson Welles was asked to provide an introduction to the audience to "warn" them that the show would change to black & white.  Welles shot this introduction just days before his death on October 10, 1985 (the episode was dedicated to him).

Moonlighting: "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" aired during the series' second season, on October 15, 1985.

Directed by: Peter Werner

Written by: Debra Frank & Carl Sautter

Highlights
Glenn Gordon Caron on Orson Welles introducing the classic Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
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Alf Clausen on working with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd on the Moonlighting  episode, "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
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Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on filming the black and white Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" (Part 1 of 2)
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Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on filming the black and white Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" (Part 2 of 2)
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Glenn Gordon Caron on the classic Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
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Who talked about this show

Glenn Gordon Caron

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Glenn Gordon Caron on the classic Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
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Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on composing the music for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
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Alf Clausen on working with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd on the Moonlighting  episode, "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
02:32

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
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Gerald Perry Finnerman

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Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on filming the black and white Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" (Part 1 of 2)
04:23
Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on filming the black and white Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice" (Part 2 of 2)
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Cinematographer Gerald Perry Finnerman on Orson Welles arriving on the set for the Moonlighting episode "The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice"
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