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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.

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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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Put on your straw boater and cuddle up a little closer. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1951 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A la luz de la luna See more »

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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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The film is a direct descendant of Life With Father (1947) and Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), both of which nostalgically depict middle class family life at the turn of the twentieth century. The main titles in particular are nearly duplicative of those in Life With Father, and composer Max Steiner uses several cues from the earlier film in the exposition sequence. Both films also feature a visiting aunt in the final act of the plot. Warner. Bros. cast Leon Ames as the family's easily exasperated patriarch, a role nearly identical to the one he played in Meet Me in St. Louis. Other similarities to the M-G-M musical include the young lovers tentatively navigating a darkened house following their first date; the heroine falling for 'the boy next door' (or, in this case, across the street); an acerbic, outspoken housekeeper; an idyllic midwestern setting (in this case, Indiana); the liberal use of period songs incorporated into the story; an extended side plot involving a precocious younger sibling with a vivid imagination who rejects age-appropriate pursuits for mischief that causes constant rifts in the family; a bespectacled, awkward neighbor suitor who doesn't interest the heroine; the coverage of four seasons, beginning in summer and ending in spring, with the younger sibling taking the reins during autumn; and both families are in the throes of moving to a new home. See more »

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"You Have Stolen My Heart, Now Don't Go 'Way"
23 August 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I've always had a sneaking suspicion that Jack Warner saw how well MGM did with Two Weeks With Love, a nostalgic gaslight era musical that starred Jane Powell. I'm sure Warner then got the idea to do a musical for his reigning musical star of the moment Doris Day from the same era. And save a whole lot of money because nearly all the material is in the public domain.

On Moonlight Bay is the title of the film and one of several songs sung by Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, and Gordon's rival for Doris, Jack Smith all from the era before America's entry in World War I. Hollywood has done a lot to glamorize that era of Norman Rockwell and Grant Wood as America likes to see itself. Certainly none of the social problems the USA had in that era seem to intrude on Milbern, Indiana the fictional location Booth Tarkington had for the Winfield and Sherman families whose son and daughter find each other.

Of course if you paid a ticket to see social problems in a Doris Day film as that other Warner Brother icon would say, what a maroon. Doris as the tomboy first baseman hasn't quite discovered men yet, that is until she almost shoots Gordon MacRae. After that you know how this film will go.

One original song was done for On Moonlight Bay, the Christmas Story which Doris and Gordon sing with accompanying carolers. It blends nicely in with all the nostalgic material.

On Moonlight Bay and its sequel film, By The Light Of The Silvery Moon is based on the Booth Tarkington Penrod stories. Billy Gray who later was Bud Anderson in Father Knows Best plays Doris's younger brother Wesley (Penrod). He's one mischievous kid and whatever trouble he doesn't get into here is saved for the next film.

Doris, Gordon, and Billy all appear in the next film along with her parents Leon Ames and Rosemary DeCamp and maid Mary Wickes who always has a sharp word for the goings on.

I confess I have a fondness for the songs of this romantic era myself, so I'm prejudiced about On Moonlight Bay. But try it you young folk, you might like it.


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