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On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 1951 (UK)
During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Jack Rose (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Marjorie Winfield
Gordon MacRae ... William Sherman
Jack Smith ... Hubert Wakely
Leon Ames ... George Winfield
Rosemary DeCamp ... Alice Winfield (as Rosemary De Camp)
Mary Wickes ... Stella
Ellen Corby ... Miss Mary Stevens
Billy Gray ... Wesley Winfield
Henry East Henry East ... Doughboy by Train
Jeffrey Stevens Jeffrey Stevens ... Jim Sherman
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Contest Barker
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Storyline

The Winfield family moves into a new house in a small town in Indiana. Tomboy Marjorie Winfield begins a romance with William Sherman who lives across the street. Marjorie has to learn how to dance and act like a proper young lady. Unfortunately William Sherman has unconventional ideas for the time (setting is during W.W.I, but the war does not play a major part for most of the movie). His ideas include not believing in marriage or money, which causes friction with Marjorie's father, who is the local bank vice president. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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The lovin'est musical in many a moon! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A la luz de la luna See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Salary - Leon Ames $1,500/week for 5 weeks - close to $15,000/week in 2019 money. See more »

Goofs

When Hubert is playing the piano at the party, he finishes the song with two chords, one for each hand. It's obvious, however, that he plays nothing with his right hand as it's up in the air as the chords are played. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Winfield: [to Jim] Hello, what's your name? I guess we're going to be neighbors.
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Doris Day: It's Magic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Played during the carnival game
Also played in the bar during the silent picture
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Unalloyed delight
31 May 2006 | by golden_yearsSee all my reviews

Though it doesn't match the captivating staging of Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St Louis as a nostalgic period musical, both this charmer and its sequel By the Light of the Silvery Moon, based on Booth Tarkington's delightful Penrod stories, are very much in the same mold as the Minnelli classic; both films provide ideal vehicles for the multi-talented Doris Day, seen here at her most fetchingly tomboyish with her frequent on-screen partner at the time, Gordon MacRae. Their combined vocal talents bring genuine class to the turn of the (last) century tunes, providing a veritable cornucopia of some of the era's most recognizable standards. The pair create an easy chemistry mercifully free of the self-conscious projection so prevalent in many contemporary "feel-good" movies. Billy Gray, as Day's younger brother in his pre-Father Knows Best days was a likable and unspoiled child performer, who brought terrific comic timing in the delivery of his misplaced energies. Mary Wickes as the no-nonsense maid who acts as a kind of chorus to the action, is another notable scene-stealer, in a film which like so many of the early Doris Day musicals leaves this viewer with a warm glow.


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