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On Moonlight Bay (1951)

Approved | | Comedy, Family, Musical | 1951 (UK)
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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 ... 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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A happy screenful of sun-kissed melody and kiss-by-moonlight romance. See more »


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Trivia

Leon Ames had previously played Judy Garland's father in the 1944 M-G-M classic Meet Me in St. Louis, which this film was clearly intended to emulate. See more »

Goofs

As "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" is played on the saloon piano, an old woman's beer glass that is empty mysteriously instantly fills in the background between shots. 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

Referenced in The Majestic (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn
Performed by Billy Gray and the Carolers
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A loving tribute
5 September 2002 | by merrywoodSee all my reviews

This is a collection of warm, human and often humorous Booth Tarkington stories, strung together, of a perceived or recalled pre-WWI America. It had all happened half a century before this mid-20th Century production. It was, perhaps, the last clarion call of the sweet, sentimental ballad of the turn of the last Century as Rock and Roll was starting to impact as the popular music of the West.

The production values of this film are strictly 1950s studio. It was shot on tri-exposure Technicolor with the lighting a bit flat but, all in all, a loving tribute to the era complete with many of the top song hits of the time, some that are still celebrated today, in the 21st Century.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

On Moonlight Bay See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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