By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
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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. … More
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Critic Reviews for By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Grand Warner Brothers 1950s Doris Day musical, rich with period music.
Audience Reviews for By the Light of the Silvery Moon
silly but charming, the kind of film they don't make anymore.
I guess as musicals go, it's not too bad. It's not my favorite genre. It's a sweet film, Doris Day is well cast and Mary Wickes is great in a supporting role, ans she is a real scene stealer. Nothing great but it is entertaining.
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