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By the Light of the Silvery Moon Movie Review Summary

Actors: Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Leon Ames, Mary Wickes

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Marjorie Winfield, the tomboy daughter of the bank's vice-president, is eagerly awaiting the return of her fiancé Bill Sherman from Europe after the Great War. Chester Finlay, her brother Wesley's piano tutor, is also in love with Marjorie, but she gently discourages him. Bill is not keen to marry immediately, as he now believes a man should be settled in a career before marrying. Unfortunately he announces the delay at a public dance before discussing it with Marjorie, but she quickly forgives him when he talks about putting a deposit on a house. On the way home, the car breaks down and Bill is surprised that Marjorie knows how to fix it. Bill lays down the law when Marjorie suggests she should get a job as a mechanic to help their finances. Furious at his old-fashioned attitude to women, she drives off without him and arrives home in tears. Chester is delighted to hear about the fight, but his hopes are dashed when Bill and Marjorie make up. Mr Winfield finds Bill a job at the bank.

Their happiness is soon to be spoiled by a misunderstanding. Renee La Rue, a glamorous actress, wants to put on the play "C'est la Guerre" at the local church-owned theatre. Mr Winfield as trustee is responsible for checking the script for moral propriety. He is concerned about a speech in the play which hints at divorce and writes it down, promising to give Miss La Rue an decision later. When Marjorie and Wesley read the speech they assume it is a letter from their father to the actress, and fear that their parents may divorce. Wesley's detective work, inspired by pulp fiction, only makes things worse. The worry makes Marjorie neglect Bill, and when he finds the speech he thinks it is from Chester to Marjorie. Convinced their engagement is over, he leaves town. Wesley sends him a telegram setting him straight, but the gossip gets out that the respectable George Winfield is having an affair.

The review of this Movie prepared by Maureen Evans








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1900-1920's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   None If lots of song/dance...    -   lot of singing and dancing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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