By the Light of the Silvery Moon Overview:

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) was a Musical - Family Film directed by David Butler and produced by William Jacobs.


Day and MacRae star in this musical comedy set in a small Indiana town at the end of WWI. Marjorie Winfield and her betrothed William, who has just returned from the front, have to put their matrimonial plans on hold because William wants to save some money first. But while they're waiting for the big day to arrive, they manage to get themselves into plenty of trouble. The sequel to Moonlight Bay, the film is based on a Booth Tarkington story.

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Marjorie Winfield: [sings] 'Round the barnyard goes the mighty cavalcade / Gorgeously arrayed. See them on parade!

Marjorie Winfield: Stella, we know that Father is still in love with Mother. This is just the thing to rekindle the flame.

Bill Sherman: [sings] Just one girl, only just one girl.

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Selections from the film score were featured on a 'Doris Day (I)' 10-inch LP for Columbia which crested in third place on the "Billboard" popular albums chart.
This film departs from "On Moonlight Bay" in three main ways. First, the film opens with Stella breaking the fourth wall, addressing the audience directly as she introduces the Winfield family. Second, the song and dance numbers are played like a traditional musical, while the original film incorporated the songs more organically within the story. Finally, the bespectacled music teacher, although the same basic character with the same mannerisms, has a different name and is played by a different actor, the only member of the cast who did not carry over from the original film.
Mary Wickes, appears as Stella in the film's trailer and talks directly to the audience telling them about the story.
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