ON MOONLIGHT BAY (film & album)


On Moonlight Bay (film) – 1951

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.


Doris Day as Marjorie Winfield
Gordon MacRae as William Sherman
Billy Gray as Wesley Winfield
Jack Smith as Hubert Wakely
Leon Ames as George Winfield
Rosemary DeCamp as Alice Winfield
Mary Wickes as Stella
Ellen Corby as Miss Mary Stevens


“On Moonlight Bay”
“Cuddle Up a Little Closer”
“Till We Meet Again”
“Tell Me”
“I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles”
“Christmas Story”
“Till We Meet Again”
“Love Ya”
“It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”
“Pack Up Your Troubles”