On Moonlight Bay (film)

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On Moonlight Bay
On Moonlight Bay poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roy Del Ruth
Produced by William Jacobs
Written by Booth Tarkington (stories)
Screenplay by Jack Rose
Melville Shavelson
Based on Penrod Stories
Starring Doris Day
Gordon MacRae
Jack Smith
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Ernest Haller
Edited by Thomas Reilly
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • July 26, 1951 (1951-07-26)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.5 million (US rentals)[1]

On Moonlight Bay is a 1951 musical film directed by Roy Del Ruth which tells the story of the Winfield family at the turn of the 20th century. The movie is based loosely on the Penrod stories by Booth Tarkington. There was a 1953 sequel, By the Light of the Silvery Moon.


On Moonlight Bay centers on the character Marjorie Winfield, a tomboy played by Doris Day. When the Winfield family moves into a new house in a small town in Indiana, the daughter, Marjorie, begins a romance with the boy next door, William Sherman, played by Gordon MacRae. Marjorie has to learn how to dance and behave like a proper young lady. Unfortunately Mr. Winfield doesn't approve of William and some of his unconventional ideas about marriage and money, which causes the course of true love to run less smoothly than could be desired. Everything is resolved in time for a happy ending.




The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. ^ "AFI's Greatest Movie Musicals Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-13. 

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