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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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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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6 June 1952 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

A la luz de la luna  »

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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 »

Goofs

When Hubert is playing the piano at the party he finishes the song with two chords, one for each hand but it's obvious that he plays nothing with his right hand as it's up in the air as the chords are played. 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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Unalloyed delight
31 May 2006 | by (Australia) – See 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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