By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)

Rated NR 101 minutes

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.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: David Butler

Writer: Irving Elinson and Robert O'Brien

Producer: William Jacobs

Cast: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Rosemary DeCamp and Billy Gray

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