By the Light of the Silvery Moon (film)

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By the Light of the Silvery Moon
By the Light of the Silvery Moon poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by David Butler
Produced by William Jacobs
Written by Booth Tarkington (Penrod stories)
Screenplay by Irving Elinson
Robert O'Brien
Starring Doris Day
Gordon MacRae
Leon Ames
Music by Gus Edwards (By the Light of the Silvery Moon)
Max Steiner (music adapted by)
Cinematography Wilfred M. Cline (as Wilfrid M. Cline)
Edited by Irene Morra
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date
  • March 26, 1953 (1953-03-26)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,125,000 (US)[1]

By the Light of the Silvery Moon is a 1953 musical film.[2][3] It is the sequel to On Moonlight Bay. Like its predecessor, the movie is based loosely on the Penrod stories by Booth Tarkington.


By the Light of the Silvery Moon relates the further adventures of the Winfield family in small town Indiana as daughter Marjorie Winfield's (Doris Day) boyfriend, William Sherman (Gordon MacRae), returns from the Army after World War I. Bill and Marjorie's on-again, off-again romance provides the backdrop for other family crises, caused mainly by son Wesley's (Billy Gray) wild imagination.

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  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954
  2. ^ Variety film review; March 25, 1953, page 6.
  3. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; March 28, 1953, page 50.

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