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On Moonlight Bay (1951)

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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 ... See full summary »

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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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With those moonlight bay-bees and bay-eautiful songs! See more »


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6 June 1952 (Finland)  »

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A la luz de la luna  »

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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 5, 1952 with Gordon MacRae reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

When William and Marjorie are in the canoe he stops paddling and the canoe stops too abruptly - it would've drifted a way further if not stopped by a member of the film crew. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Winfield: [to Jim] Hello, what's your name? I guess were going to be neighbors.
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Followed by By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) See more »

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Music by Al Jolson
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Utterly charming slice of life
14 July 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first of two movies about the same characters. Doris Day and Gordon MacRae play young sweethearts in this turn of the century inspired by the stories of Booth Tarkington. The story is told from her point of view and her home life with her mother, father and bratty brother are central to the film. Of the family members, the most memorable is Billy Gray ("Bud" from FATHER KNOWS BEST), as he is a terrible little brat that is a lot like Dennis the Menace and the Problem Child all rolled up into one. In particular, the portion of the film where he tells a HUGE lie to his school teacher is a riot!

The romance between the two is sweet, but in trouble because Gordon plays such a stubborn and overly opinionated "modern" man who doesn't believe in old fashioned conventions like marriage! Well, being a Hollywood film, and a very sweet one at that, you KNOW how the film will end. However, the journey there is so pleasant and so well constructed that you really don't mind at all! It's a delight for all.


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