On Moonlight Bay (1951)

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During World War I, a teenage girl begins a romance with a college student, but his unconventional attitudes cause friction with her father.

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  • Doris Day in On Moonlight Bay (1951)
  • Doris Day and Gordon MacRae in On Moonlight Bay (1951)
  • Doris Day and Leon Ames in On Moonlight Bay (1951)
  • Doris Day in On Moonlight Bay (1951)

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31 May 2006 | golden_years
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| Unalloyed delight
Though it doesn't match the captivating staging of Vincente Minnelli's Meet Me in St Louis as a nostalgic period musical, both this charmer and its sequel By the Light of the Silvery Moon, based on Booth Tarkington's delightful Penrod stories, are very much in the same mold as the Minnelli classic; both films provide ideal vehicles for the multi-talented Doris Day, seen here at her most fetchingly tomboyish with her frequent on-screen partner at the time, Gordon MacRae. Their combined vocal talents bring genuine class to the turn of the (last) century tunes, providing a veritable cornucopia of some of the era's most recognizable standards. The pair create an easy chemistry mercifully free of the self-conscious projection so prevalent in many contemporary "feel-good" movies. Billy Gray, as Day's younger brother in his pre-Father Knows Best days was a likable and unspoiled child performer, who brought terrific comic timing in the delivery of his misplaced energies. Mary Wickes as the no-nonsense maid who acts as a kind of chorus to the action, is another notable scene-stealer, in a film which like so many of the early Doris Day musicals leaves this viewer with a warm glow.

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