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Booth Tarkington's Alice Adams, coupled with his Penrod stories, were incorporated in the script of the 1951 Warner Bros. musical On Moonlight Bay. The role of the incorrigible Penrod is played by future Father Knows Best regular Billy Gray, but his is a strictly secondary part herein. The emphasis is on Penrod's hoydenish older sister, played by Doris Day. She falls in love with Gordon MacRae, whose mildly anti-capitalist sentiments sit not at all well with Doris' banker dad Leon Ames. Once a subplot involving ...
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Booth Tarkington's Alice Adams, coupled with his Penrod stories, were incorporated in the script of the 1951 Warner Bros. musical On Moonlight Bay. The role of the incorrigible Penrod is played by future Father Knows Best regular Billy Gray, but his is a strictly secondary part herein. The emphasis is on Penrod's hoydenish older sister, played by Doris Day. She falls in love with Gordon MacRae, whose mildly anti-capitalist sentiments sit not at all well with Doris' banker dad Leon Ames. Once a subplot involving Penrod's prevarications concerning his father's drinking habits is out of the way, we are treated to several romantic scenes involving Doris and Gordon, and a steady stream of early-20th-century standards like "Till We Meet Again," "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles," "Cuddle Up a Little Closer," and the title song. On Moonlight Bay ends with MacRae marching off to World War I and Doris promising she'll wait for him; she did, as was proven in the 1953 sequel By the Light of the Silvery Moon.
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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A pleasant little slice of turn-of-the-20th-century-themed Americana, On Moonlight Bay is less concerned with telling its slight story than with recreating a vanished American innocence that may very well never have existed exactly the way it is portrayed in films such as this. Moonlight is in the tradition of Meet Me in St. Louis, but it falls short of that film's classic status, largely because the latter film was more concerned with populating its Americana with specific characters and situations. The characters in Moonlight are rather on the thin side, and while they hold our interest, they don't allow for engagement except on a superficially entertaining level. Moonlight also has a score that draws almost exclusively from songs of the era, and while these are good songs, they aren't specific to the film or its characters and therefore their dramatic impact is somewhat muted. However, these songs are performed to a fare thee well by the silver-voiced Doris Day and Gordon MacRae. The performers are a treat, and they work their magic over Moonlight. Also invaluable is Billy Gray as the impish younger brother, and there's solid support from Mary Wickes, Rosemary de Camp and Leon Ames as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/1994
  • UPC: 085391239130
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Marjorie Winfield
Gordon MacRae William Sherman
"Smiling" Jack Smith Hubert Wakeley
Leon Ames George Winfield
Rosemary de Camp Mrs. Winfield
Mary Wickes Stella
Ellen Corby Miss Stevens
Jeffrey Stevens Jim Sherman
Eddie Marr Barker
James Dobson Soldier
Anne Kimbell Daughter [Silent Movie Cast]
Susan Whitney Cora
Billy Gray Wesley Winfield
Sig Arno Dancing Instructor
Louis Austin Mother [Silent Movie Cast]
Esther Dale Aunt Martha
Creighton Hale Father [Silent Movie Cast]
Hank Mann Salesman-in Silent Movie
Ralph Montgomery Salesmen [Silent Movie Cast]
Rolland Morris Sleeping Soldier
Jack Mower Salesman-in Silent Movie
Ray Spiker Bartender [Silent Movie Cast]
Technical Credits
Roy Del Ruth Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Bacon Art Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Ernest Haller Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Musical Direction/Supervision
William Jacobs Producer
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Thomas Reilly Editor
Jack Rose Screenwriter
Melville Shavelson Screenwriter
Max Steiner Score Composer
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
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  • Posted December 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended=A great Film!!

    I grew up watching this with my parents in the 70's on 16mm film. It was outstanding. You will love it, we watched it over and over. There is something in it for everyone. You will laugh and cry.

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