On Moonlight Bay (1951)




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In this musical, the incorrigible Penrod is played by 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 anti-capitalist sentiments sit not at all well with Doris' banker dad.
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Doris Day
as Marjorie Winfield
Gordon MacRae
as Bill Sherman
"Smiling" Jack Smith
as Hubert Wakeley
Leon Ames
as Mr. Winfield
Rosemary DeCamp
as Mrs. Winfield
Jack Smith
as Hubert Wakeley
Mary Wickes
as Stella
Ellen Corby
as Miss Stevens
Billy Gray
as Wesley Winfield
Jeffrey Stevens
as Jim Sherman
Esther Dale
as Aunt Martha
Eddie Marr
as Barker
Sig Arno
as Dancing Instructor
James Dobson
as Soldier
Rolland Morris
as Sleeping Soldier
Lois Austin
as Mother
Louis Austin
as Mother [Silent Movie Cast]
Anne Kimbell
as Daughter
Ray Spiker
as Bartender
Hank Mann
as Salesman
Jack Mower
as Salesman
Ralph Montgomery
as Salesman
Henry East
as Doughboy by train
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Critic Reviews for On Moonlight Bay

All Critics (5)

Pleasant enough old fashioned Warner musical with Day and MacRae singing the true oldies.

February 19, 2008

there is an undercurrent of gossip, alcoholism and sexuality that modifies the film's optimisms, giving it a darker viewpoint than a standard musical comedy

June 15, 2007

It's the film that established Doris Day as the girl next door.

Full Review… | April 7, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...fun, frothy, and filled with an abundance of good, old-fashioned tunes.

Full Review… | April 5, 2007
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October 27, 2005
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Audience Reviews for On Moonlight Bay


Cute Warner Bros. imitation of MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS was a big hit back in 1951; Day & MacRae make an appealing couple and sing several vintage songs. The sequel was titled BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

On Moonlight Bay is a wonderful, light-hearted musical, drama, comedy, and romance film set during World War I. This film is absolutely bursting at the seams with energy from not only the script, but especially from the cast led by the lovely Doris Day who carries the film - though her co-stars are no slackers either. The musical numbers are fun, the humor is absolutely hilarious, and it has the right sprinklings of drama as well. It's a fantastic musical that's hard not to love and to laugh at because it's such a fun film. If you love a good musical, this is one worth checking out.

Keenan Sullivan
Keenan Sullivan

Classic Doris Day! And one of her first appearances. You'll fall in love with this family and maybe especially her little brother who is so real to life. Doris shines through with such innocence (actually the whole movie does) that you will be glad you spent the time on this one.

Joshua Lane
Joshua Lane

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