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On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 1951 (UK)
During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Jack Rose (screenplay), Melville Shavelson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Henry East ... Doughboy by Train
Jeffrey Stevens Jeffrey Stevens ... Jim Sherman
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Contest Barker
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Storyline

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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With those moonlight bay-bees and bay-eautiful songs! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A la luz de la luna See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Years later, Carol Burnett recalled having worked at the theatre on Hollywood Boulevard where this film played it's premiere engagement in 1951. Burnett, who earned about 75-cents an hour for the job, took special pleasure in answering the theatre's telephone in a sing-song voice and declaring: "Pantages Theatre - Doris Day and Gordon MacRae On Moonlight Bay!" See more »

Goofs

The doorbell rings just as Stella finishes putting rubbing alcohol on Marjorie's leg. Marjorie moves her skirt down to cover her leg, then does so again in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Winfield: [to Jim] Hello, what's your name? I guess we're going to be neighbors.
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Connections

Featured in Biography: Doris Day: It's Magic (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, You Beautiful Doll
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Played during the carnival game
Also played in the bar during the silent picture
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one of my favorite Doris movies
31 January 2001 | by michael.e.barrettSee 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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