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By the Light of the Silvery Moon

4.8 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon (DVD)

"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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The huge popularity of the nostalgic On Moonlight Bay prompted this 1953 sequel, which recaptures the first film's small-town, post-WWI spirit. Because young lovers Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are already together, the movie needs some sort of trumped-up conflict to separate them for a while; it comes with MacRae's decision to postpone their wedding until he gets his financial legs. Yawn. But don't worry, the subplots abound, including younger brother Billy Gray pilfering a prize Thanksgiving turkey, and dad Leon Ames suspected of romancing a visiting French music-hall star. Naturally there are vintage songs, including umpteen renderings of the classic title song (you won't need the bouncing ball to sing along) and Day and MacRae casually bopping out new lyrics to "Ain't We Got Fun." Also returning for the sequel are Rosemary DeCamp as the patient mother and shameless scene-stealer Mary Wickes as the bossy maid. And check it out: future talk-show host Merv Griffin cheerleading during the finale at an outdoor ice rink. Day and MacRae twinkle so aggressively that they sometimes resemble salesmen for a particular kind of Hollywood backlot America that probably never existed, but the whole thing is almost impossible to resist. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy shorts "So You Want to Learn to Dance" and "So You Want a Television Set"
  • Oscar-nominated cartoon "From A to Z-Z-Z-Z"
  • Theatrical trailer

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBLPK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,808 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" on IMDb

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In the annual Quigley Poll of the top ten box-office attractions in America conducted at the end of 1952, Doris Day was determined to be the top money-making female star in films. "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", released in 1953, was her first film release after achieving that honor. "Moon" was a deserved success and certainly worthy of Day's position within the industry at that time.
"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.
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I loved this movie, almost as much as Calamity Jane. If you like good moral values and humor, like it used to be. Then this is the movie for you. It's how life should be. You can have fun dreaming! Doris' voice is so beautiful it will tear your heart out. But like I said I am bias. So you have probally wasted your time reading this. Sorry!!!
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Though I loved the first movie "On Moonlight Bay," I have to admit that I loved this sequel even more. Gordon MacRae looks awfully handsome and his gorgeous voice just makes you fall in love with him. Doris Day looks even prettier than in the first movie with her blond hair all done up. There's so much chemistry between MacRae and Day that their romance bursts with believability.
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!
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Following the huge box office success of ON MOONLIGHT BAY, plans were immediately made for a sequel, reuniting all the key cast members and using the continuing 'Penrod' stories as the plotline.

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.
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This was a great movie! Our whole family enjoyed watching it. The antics of Doris's little brother were hilarious! The scene where she fixes the car on their way home from a dance, and her fiance takes credit for it was priceless. I liked the story because it accurately portrayed the everyday trials and tribulations of each of the characters, i.e., the mother, father, daughter, son, beau, boyfriend...even the housekeeper. In spite of all the miscommunications, misunderstandings, anger, etc., forgivness reigns, and love wins out. If you like traditional values and comedy, you'll love this movie.
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By The Light of the Silvery Moon is the sequel to On Moonlight Bay, and virtually as good. Both movies are an effective blend of comedy, music, and nostalgia. All the same characters are here, Doris Day as Marjorie Winfield, Leon Ames and Rosemary De Camp as her parents, Billy Gray her little brother Wesley -- the character based on Penrod Schofield of Booth Tarkington's books -- Mary Wickes as the cook, and of course Gordon MacRae as her fiancee just returned from fighting World War One.

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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