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On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 1951 (UK)
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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Hubert Wakely
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Rosemary DeCamp ...
Alice Winfield (as Rosemary De Camp)
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Miss Mary Stevens
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Doughboy by Train
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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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A happy screenful of sun-kissed melody and kiss-by-moonlight romance. See more »


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1951 (UK)  »

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A la luz de la luna  »

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Trivia

This movie proved to be so popular that the studio immediately filmed By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) which is a direct sequel with all the actors playing the same characters. This was very unusual at the time. See more »

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Marjorie first hugs Bill at the dance and the powder bursts all over her chest. In the next instant as they begin to dance Marjorie's front is clear of powder. See more »

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[first lines]
Mr. Winfield: [to Jim] Hello, what's your name? I guess were going to be neighbors.
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Referenced in The Majestic (2001) See more »

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Wintermärchen
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Music by Alphons Czibulka
Played during the silent picture when John collapses in the snow
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one of my favorite Doris movies
31 January 2001 | by (Universal City, TX) – See all my reviews

I was genuinely surprised by how charming and delightful this movie is. It's the movie previous to "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" but that one is not quite up to this. In this film, Doris' boyfriend goes off to WWI and in the next one he comes back, though that's not the major plot. Derived from Booth Tarkington's family stories about a prankish little boy yet modified as a Doris Day vehicle, every scene juggles different elements of character and motive, and much of it is just plain funny. You know how romantic musicals have certain conventions and complications that are supposed to be amusing but are just routine? Well, this actually made me laugh out loud several times. There's one sequence about the father's "drinking problem" that reminded me of a great episode of the "Dobie Gillis" TV show and must have inspired it. About as intelligent and fun as americana gets; they even have a sassy WHITE maid to avoid the racial stereotype.


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