By the Light of the Silvery Moon

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Overview

By the Light of the Silvery Moon was a sequel to Warner Bros' On Moonlight Bay 1951; both films were loosely based on the "Penrod" stories by Booth Tarkington. Penrod himself played by Billy Gray takes a back seat to the main plot, concerning the hot-and-cold romance between Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. Gordon will not marry Doris until he is financially able to do so, which results in several breakups and reunions before the final clinch at the local ice rink. A silly subplot involves Penrod's suspicions that an...
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Overview

By the Light of the Silvery Moon was a sequel to Warner Bros' On Moonlight Bay 1951; both films were loosely based on the "Penrod" stories by Booth Tarkington. Penrod himself played by Billy Gray takes a back seat to the main plot, concerning the hot-and-cold romance between Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. Gordon will not marry Doris until he is financially able to do so, which results in several breakups and reunions before the final clinch at the local ice rink. A silly subplot involves Penrod's suspicions that an attractive French schoolteacher Maria Palmer is not only romancing his father Leon Ames, but is also an enemy spy! Set shortly after the end of World War I, Silvery Moon takes full advantage of that era's popular songs. The film isn't quite as good as On Moonlight Bay, but fans of Day and MacRae went home happy. Also: watch closely, and you'll spot Merv Griffin in a minor role.
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Special Features

Vintage Joe McDoakes comedy shorts So You Want to Learn to Dance and So You Want a Television Set; Oscar nominated cartoon From A to Z-Z-Z-Z; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English (feature film only)
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Modern audiences may find By the Light of the Silvery Moon a little hard to sit through -- not because they do not have a taste for "wholesome" films, but because Moon's wholesomeness is no more genuine than the fake snow that blankets the final ice skating sequence. An ersatz down-home nostalgia permeates the entire movie, imagining an innocence that its creators don't believe in -- because it never really existed -- and, as a result, the film feels like it's trying to put something over on us. That said, it is certainly professionally produced, and those not bothered by its overly rosy glow will find it very engaging and will probably be willing to overlook the fact that there's no real drama or plot, thereby allowing them to delight in the yummy colors, charming sets, quaint costumes, and smooth-as-silk arrangements of the period songs (and some not-quite-so-period) that pop up every time the dialogue gets a bit tiring. David Butler has gathered a talented cast to help matters, although Doris Day is not at her peak here. She's a bit forced (even in her singing, where her trademark throb pushes forward a bit too often), and at times is unflatteringly lit and made up. Her co-star, Gordon MacRae, is winning and genuine and is in excellent voice. There's also solid support from Leon Ames, Rosemary de Camp, and Mary Wickes, whose glare herein is so sharp it should qualify as a lethal weapon. On the whole, Moon may be more aluminum than silver, but it has a shine nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • UPC: 085391137191
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:40:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,152

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Marjorie Winfield
Gordon MacRae William Sherman
Leon Ames George Winfield
Rosemary de Camp Mrs. Winfield
Mary Wickes Stella
Russell Arms Chester Finley
Maria Palmer Miss LaRue
Howard Wendell Mr. Harris
Walter Flannery Pee Wee
Geraldine Wall Mrs. Harris
John Maxwell Ike Hickey
Billy Gray Wesley Winfield
Carol Forman Dangerous Dora
Technical Credits
David Butler Director
Wilfrid M. Cline Cinematographer
Irving Elinson Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William Jacobs Producer
Irene Morra Editor
Robert O'Brien Screenwriter
Donald Saddler Choreography
Max Steiner Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- By the Light of the Silvery Moon
1. Credits [1:16]
2. The Winfields [2:05]
3. Wedding Plans and Piano Teachers [3:50]
4. My Home Town [2:39]
5. Double Surprise [3:09]
6. Your Eyes Have Told Me So [3:18]
7. Car and Love Trouble [5:40]
8. Attached to Thanksgiving Dinner [1:07]
9. Be My Little Bumble Bee [4:46]
10. Talking Turkey [3:50]
11. Fit Place for Wesley? [1:48]
12. Ain't We Got Fun [1:52]
13. Dinner Is Served [5:23]
14. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1) [2:36]
15. The Advenchurs of Fearless Flanagan [5:26]
16. Miss LaRue and the Banker [1:54]
17. Bank Business [4:51]
18. The Only Girl in the World [3:35]
19. Less-than-Royal Treatment [2:09]
20. Delivery to Miss LaRue...Deleted [3:44]
21. Just One Girl [6:45]
22. Miss LaRue's Gang [3:33]
23. Another Detective [1:36]
24. King Chanticleer [3:43]
25. Backstage Brawl [2:42]
26. Sad News [2:27]
27. Strictly Confidential [2:26]
28. I'll Forget You [3:04]
29. Family Outing [1:29]
30. Spectacle on Skates [3:22]
31. By the Light of the Silvery Moon (2) [3:48]
32. Finale [1:42]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- By the Light of the Silvery Moon
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   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      So You Want to Learn to Dance
      So You Want a Television Set
      From A to Z-Z-Z-Z
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Classic Americana

    Here is Doris Day in one of her best musicals...Kind of a poor-man's version of MEET ME IN ST LOUIS, there are songs from the period scattered througout and a cast of wonderful actors bringing the era of the early 20th century to life..this is a fun bit of fluff for a rainy afternoon. For many it is actually more fun than the movie that preceded it, ON MOONLIGHT BAY

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