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By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 15 February 1954 (Sweden)
Marjorie Winfield's engagement to Bill Sherman, who has just arrived home from fighting in World War I, serves as the backdrop for the trials and tribulations of her family.

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The trials and tribulations of the Winfield family in small town Indiana as Marjorie Winfield's boyfriend, William Sherman, returns from the Army after W.W.I. Bill & Marjorie's on-again, off-again provide the backdrop for other family issues, primarily brought on by little brother Wesley's overactive imagination and tall tales. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Gordon MacRae (born in 1921) was 31 when he played 20 year old Bill. See more »

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When Wesley's pet turkey flies into the dining room from the kitchen during Thanksgiving dinner, the crew member who threw him into the room can be seen as the door swings shut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Stella: Hello, Mr. Winfield.
Father Winfield: Good afternoon.
Stella: [to the camera] That's Mr. Winfield. Vice President of our first National Bank, Chairman of the Civic Betterment League, and twice winner of the Elks picnic potato sack race.
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Featured in So You Want a Television Set (1953) See more »

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My Home Town Is a One Horse Town
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Music by Abner Silver
Lyrics by Alex Gerber
Sung by Gordon MacRae
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"Your Silvery Dreams, Will Bring Love Beams"
23 August 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

On Moonlight Bay proved so popular with audiences looking for entertainment and tales of what they thought was a simpler era, that By The Light Of The Silvery Moon was almost demanded to be made. Repeating their roles from the previous Warner Brothers hit were Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Billy Gray, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp and the trenchant Mary Wickes as the indispensable maid of the Wingfield Family.

The last film was set in 1916-1917 and ended with Gordon MacRae going off to World War I after graduating college with Doris Day promising to wait for him. The armistice has happened and its 1919 and the dough-boys are returning home, in MacRae's case to Indiana.

Of course there are a few bumps in the road including Russell Arms who's been trying to score with Doris while Gordon's away. And a French actress who's taking a lease on a theater that banker Ames's employer has had title defaulted to. Through some dumb errors worthy of an Astaire-Rogers film everyone thinks Ames is stepping out with Maria Palmer playing the actress.

No original songs were written for this film set in 1919. The songs were all in keeping with the period when the Roaring Twenties Jazz Age hadn't taken hold yet. The earliest copyrighted song from the score is Just One Girl which Gordon does with a nice little buck and wing thrown in. It's my favorite number from the film.

If you liked On Moonlight Bay there is no reason you won't like By The Light Of The Silvery Moon. Doris and Gordon certainly made some beautiful music together.


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