By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) - Rotten Tomatoes

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

By the Light of the Silvery Moon





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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
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy, Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Irving Elinson, Robert O'Brien, Robert O'Brien
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2007
Warner Bros.


Doris Day
as Marjorie Winfield
Gordon MacRae
as Bill Sherman
Leon Ames
as George Winfield
Rosemary DeCamp
as Alice Winfield
Billy Gray
as Wesley Winfield
Russell Arms
as Chester Finley
Maria Palmer
as Miss LaRue
Howard Wendell
as Mr. Harris
Walter Flannery
as Ronald 'PeeWee' Harr...
Geraldine Wall
as Mrs. Harris
John Maxwell
as Ike Hickey
Carol Forman
as Dangerous Dora
Rosemary De Camp
as Mrs. Winfield
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Critic Reviews for By the Light of the Silvery Moon

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Grand Warner Brothers 1950s Doris Day musical, rich with period music.

November 17, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for By the Light of the Silvery Moon

silly but charming, the kind of film they don't make anymore.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.

James Higgins

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