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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Marjorie Winfield
Gordon MacRae ... Bill Sherman
Leon Ames ... George Winfield
Rosemary DeCamp ... Alice Winfield
Billy Gray ... Wesley Winfield
Mary Wickes ... Stella
Russell Arms ... Chester Finley
Maria Palmer ... Renee LaRue
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... John H. Harris
Walter 'PeeWee' Flannery Walter 'PeeWee' Flannery ... Ronald 'PeeWee' Harris (as Walter Flannery)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Meredith MacRae ... Little Girl (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Balada ao Luar See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The bandleader in the skating sequence is played by recent Warners contract signee Merv Griffin. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in 1918. A version of "Ain't We Got Fun" - a foxtrot first performed in 1920 and published in 1921 - is sang when the Winfields are preparing Thanksgiving dinner. 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 »

Soundtracks

I'll Forget You
(uncredited)
Music by Ernest Ball
Lyrics by Annelu Burns
Sung by Doris Day
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Has the charm of an old-fashioned holiday card...
1 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee 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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