By the Light of the Silvery Moon
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"On Moonlight Bay" stars Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are back together in top tune-crooning form for the further adventures of a small-town family turning the corner from World War I into the Roaring '20s. Year: 1953 Director: David Butler Starring: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Billy Gray]]>
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- Theatrical trailer
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"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" is the tuneful follow-up to the very popular 1951 hit for Warner Brothers, "On Moonlight Bay". Like its predecessor, it recalls another time and place in America, directly after World War I, bathing it in a nostalgic warmth and glow in stunning technicolor and reassembling most of the cast from the earlier film.
The characters and story are very loosely based on the "Penrod" series of stories written by Booth Tarkington.
Marjorie and Bill, the sweethearts of the piece, are played by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae, in their 5th and final on-screen pairing. They harmonize beautifully and play their scenes with genuine and totally unaffected warmth and believability. Watching Day, it's easy to see why see held the lofty position within the industry that she held for so long. Her natural likeability and never cloying manner are soothing and when she sings, as she does frequently, one is transported to a safe and comfortable haven.
The songs include the title tune, "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" and "Ain't We Got Fun" to name but a few.
The remaining members of Marjorie's family are back from the earlier effort and seem to be more a family than ever before.Read more ›
The musical numbers are adorable and fun, you literally feel like you've stepped right into their world and become part of the Winfield clan. Like the first movie, though, once you get to the end, you'll be sorry it's over! Highly recommended!
Marjorie (Doris Day) is eagerly awaiting the return of Bill Sherman (Gordon MacRae) following the end of WWI, though their romance seems to have cooled. Bill now partially regrets proposing so hurridly and now wants to wait until his financial situation is more stable.
All kinds of funny subplots occur throughout the film, the highlight being Wesley (Billy Gray) thinking his father (Leon Ames) is having an affair with a visiting French movie star (Maria Palmer)! Also on hand are Rosemary DeCamp as the patient mother, and Mary Wickes as wisecracking housekeeper Stella.
Doris Day and Gordon MacRae sing the Title Song and "Ain't We Got Fun?", whilst Day has a ball with the rousing "King Chanticleer".
A just about-perfect sequel.
This one involves Wesley in a scheme to rescue their thanksgiving turkey by substituting one stolen from his father's boss, and Wesley delivering what appears to be a love letter to an actress he imagines is some sort of spy trying to seduce his father.
Outstanding among the musical numbers is Gordon MacRae's rendition of "Not My Girl," with a song & dance performance almost comparable to Gene Kelly's "Singin' in the Rain." Of course MacRae's dancing isn't as perfect as Kelly's, but here he makes an impressive effort. There's also an entertaining ice-skating finale.
In terms of comedy and music, I think this one is not quite as good as On Moonlight Bay, but it looks like they spent more on production, so overall it's virtually as good. If the first movie's a '10' then this one's a '9.9' so they both get five stars here.
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I'm a big Doris Day fan. Loved the movie. The DVD had been sitting in my wish list for awhile. Finally decided to order. Read morePublished 4 months ago by OllieGirl
Nice little musical with Doris Day. Takes place post-World War I, but some of the fashions look more in keeping with the 50's rather than the teens. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Celia Trimboli
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