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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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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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The success of this film helped catapult Doris Day into the Top Ten Box Office Stars list for 1951. She would make the list nine more times, ascending to the #1 position by the early 1960s. See more »

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The doorbell rings just as Stella finishes putting rubbing alcohol on Marjorie's leg. Marjorie moves her skirt down to cover her leg, then does so again in the next shot. 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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Soundtracks

Wintermärchen
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Music by Alphons Czibulka
Played during the silent picture when John collapses in the snow
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Agreeable watching for a wet Sunday
21 January 2004 | by JamesHitchcockSee all my reviews

The decade which gave us the First World War seems an unlikely subject for nostalgia. On Moonlight Bay, however, is a film which approaches the 1910s in a sentimental, nostalgic way, trying to persuade us that, whatever was happening on the battlefields of Europe, it was a time of a kinder, gentler America. The film centres upon the Winfield family, prosperous citizens of an unnamed mid-western town, and especially on the romance between their daughter Marjorie and her boyfriend William Sherman.

William is something of a radical, with advanced views about politics and the institution of marriage, but as he is the sort of well-scrubbed middle-class radical who always wears an impeccably-tied bow-tie and calls his girlfriend's father `sir', we know that in the end he will turn out to be a thoroughly respectable young man, eager to do the right thing by Marjorie and his patriotic duty to his country. (The fact that he has the same name as a famous general is perhaps a giveaway). The film deals with America's involvement in World War One in the traditional flagwaving manner; it was made at a time when the Cold War had recently become a hot war in Korea, so there is an obvious political subtext.

Set against this romance is a series of sub-plots involving Marjorie's mischievous younger brother Wesley, a sort of American Just William. Wesley is very well played by a young actor named Billy Gray, and his antics provide the film with its most amusing moments.

The film is a musical, and the songs are pleasant enough, although the tunes are not particularly memorable and the lyrics are clichéd in the best `Moon-in-June' style. The film as a whole, although it has nothing of any depth to say and even the political themes are dealt with rather superficially, makes agreeable entertainment, especially on a wet Sunday afternoon (which is when I saw it on TV). 6/10.


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