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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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Bright romantic comedy... gay with song... to welcome the Spring. See more »


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Balada ao Luar  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The shoulder patch on Bill's uniform at the beginning of the movie is of the 41st Infantry Division, which did see limited action in World War I. It was composed of National Guard units from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, North Dakota and Washington state. See more »

Goofs

In the homecoming scene at the beginning of the movie that features Bill in his Doughboy uniform, his 'US' and 'Branch of Service' discs on his tunic are on the wrong collars. The 'US' should be on his right side and the crossed rifles 'Branch of Service' should be on his left. 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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Connections

Featured in So You Want a Television Set (1953) See more »

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Sung by a chorus during the opening credits, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames,
Rosemary DeCamp and others
Played often throughout the film
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Has the charm of an old-fashioned holiday card...
1 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON is a continuation of "On Moonlight Bay", the previous flick featuring DORIS DAY and GORDON MacRAE as sweethearts during the early 1900s who get to croon some pretty wonderful songs of that period. It's strictly family stuff, nostalgic and as prettily pictured as a postcard of an Americana that never really existed except in Hollywood's imagination and Norman Rockwell paintings.

The delightful supporting cast has LEON AMES (who was also Judy Garland's father in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS), MARY WICKE (as the sharp-tongued housekeeper), ROSEMARY DeCAMP as the patient wife and RUSSELL ARMS as Doris' nerdy other love.

The wholesome story (from a Booth Tarkington tale) has Doris' bratty brother letting his childish imagination running away from him when he suspects his father is having an affair with a French actress.

The skating ring sequence closes the story on a happy note--and after a nice bunch of songs by Day and MacRae (including "Be My Little Baby Bumble-Bee", "If You Were the Only Girl in the World" and "By the Light of the Silvery Moon"), you'll feel yourself back in those innocent times wishing life could imitate the movies.


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