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


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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

When Wesley's pet turkey flies into the dining room from the kitchen during Thanksgiving dinner, the crew member who threw him into the room can be seen as the door swings shut. 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

Referenced in Crawlspace (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

King Chanticleer
(uncredited)
Music by Nat Ayer
Lyrics by A. Seymour Brown
Sung by Doris Day
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Wonderful followup film
14 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is the second of two movies about the same characters. Doris Day and Gordon MacRae play young newlyweds who are separated by WWI in this turn of the century inspired by the stories of Booth Tarkington. The story is told from her point of view and her home life with her mother, father and bratty brother are central to the film. Of the family members, the most memorable is Billy Gray ("Bud" from FATHER KNOWS BEST), as he is a terrible little brat that is a lot like Dennis the Menace and the Problem Child all rolled up into one.

While this film is so similar to the first that you might just mix them up in your mind after you see them, the movies are so pleasant and fun that you really don't mind. A wonderful romantic slice of life movie with a wonderful blend of comedy and heart.


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