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By the Light of the Silvery Moon (film)

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
By the Light of the Silvery Moon poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDavid Butler
Produced byWilliam Jacobs
Written byBooth Tarkington (Penrod stories)
Screenplay byIrving Elinson
Robert O'Brien
StarringDoris Day
Gordon MacRae
Leon Ames
Music byGus Edwards (By the Light of the Silvery Moon)
Max Steiner (music adapted by)
CinematographyWilfred M. Cline (as Wilfrid M. Cline)
Edited byIrene Morra
Distributed byWarner Brothers
Release date
  • March 26, 1953 (1953-03-26)
Running time
101 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2,125,000 (US)[1]


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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