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1951 (UK) See more »
A happy screenful of sun-kissed melody and kiss-by-moonlight romance. See more »
During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 ... Doughboy by Train
Jeffrey Stevens ... Jim Sherman
Eddie Marr ... Contest Barker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sig Arno ... Prof. Barson - Dance Instructor (uncredited)
Lois Austin ... Mother in Silent Movie (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Train Conductor (uncredited)

Morgan Brown ... Graduation Spectator (uncredited)
Tony Butala ... Boy Caroler (uncredited)

Esther Dale ... Aunt Martha Robertson (uncredited)
Roy Damron ... Soldier (uncredited)
Bert Davidson ... Soldier (uncredited)
James Dobson ... Army Sergeant (uncredited)
George Ford ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Carnival Patron / Graduation Spectator (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Father in Silent Movie (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
John Hedloe ... Senior (uncredited)

George Hoagland ... Soldier (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Mover (uncredited)
Gayle Kellogg ... Young Man (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Man at Train Station (uncredited)

Anne Kimbell ... Daughter in Silent Movie (uncredited)
Perk Lazelle ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Melodi Lowell ... Lady (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Salesman in Silent Movie (uncredited)

Philo McCullough ... Graduation Spectator (uncredited)
Michael Miller ... Boy (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ... Salesman in Silent Movie (uncredited)
Anne Moore ... Lady in Silent Film (uncredited)
Roland Morris ... Sleeping Soldier (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Salesman in Silent Movie (uncredited)
Joel Nestler ... Boy (uncredited)
Edmund Penney ... Senior (uncredited)
Joe Recht ... Soldier (uncredited)

Suzanne Ridgway ... Saloon Girl in Silent Movie (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Bartender in Silent Movie (uncredited)
Susan Whitney ... Cora Claypool (uncredited)
John B. Williams ... Mover (uncredited)
Buck Woods ... Train Porter (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
Writing credits
Jack Rose (screenplay) and
Melville Shavelson (screenplay)

Booth Tarkington (adapted from Penrod Stories by)

Produced by
William Jacobs .... producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Thomas Reilly 
Art Direction by
Douglas Bacon 
Set Decoration by
William Wallace 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mel Dellar .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles David Forrest .... sound (as David Forrest)
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Special Effects by
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
William C. McGann .... special effects director (as William McGann)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Milo Anderson .... wardrobe
Marjorie Best .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Ray Heindorf .... musical director
LeRoy Prinz .... musical numbers staged and directed by
Max Steiner .... music adaptor
Other crew
Herschel Daugherty .... dialogue director
Mitchell Kovaleski .... Technicolor color consultant
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as produced by also) (as Warner Bros. Pictures) (as A Warner Bros.-First National Picture also)
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Additional Details

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95 min
Black And White | Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #15123)

Did You Know?

Takes place in the fictional town on Milburn, Indiana.See more »
Continuity: George moves his dinner plate toward him twice.See more »
[first lines]
Mr. Winfield:[to Jim] Hello, what's your name? I guess we're going to be neighbors.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Majestic (2001)See more »
Hark! The Herald Angels SingSee more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
one of my favorite Doris movies, 31 January 2001
Author: ( from Universal City, TX

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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