On Moonlight Bay (1951) | Movie Review
On Moonlight Bay is about the lives of an average family during the mid-1910’s. The Winfields have just moved to a new neighborhood but the only one who is very pleased about it is Mr. Winfield, whose intentions, among other things, is to expose his tomboyish daughter, Margie, to more grown-up company. Margie’s only interest is in playing a good game of baseball, that is, until she meets the boy-next-door, William Sherman. Bill is a senior in college and full of impressionable and radical ideas about the way the country should be run. At first, Mr. and Mrs. Winfield are pleased with Bill, but when one of his radical ideas offend Mr. Winfield, the vice-president of the First National Bank, Margie’s father tries to interest her in Hubert Wakeley, her brother’s stuffy piano teacher. But Margie loves Bill and believes what he says, including his theory that marriage is a enslaving institution. Meanwhile, Margie’s little brother, Wesley never ceases to reek havoc. In an attempt to get himself out of trouble with his teacher, he tells a fantastic story about how his father had been drinking and beating his mother and sister. When Bill comes home to take Margie to the school dance, Wesley’s teacher informs him of the terrible news. Bill bursts in and once again makes a fool of himself. Fortunately, the family realizes what Wesley did and Mr. Winfield accepts Bill once again.
In this somber moment, Margie wears a lovely muted blue outfit that, coincidentally, matches the blue ribbon on the beloved Kewpie doll. The blouse is patterned in light blue and dark blue while the calf-length skirt is solid blue.
Her hairstyle in the whole movie is pretty much variations of the same: pulled back and secured with a bow, with barrettes on either side of the head. Her bangs are short and curled under.
I love how often they put her in plaids. This lovely green and red plaid jumper is paired with a light yellow blouse and red heels. Her hat matches her dress and sits back on her head to compliment her hairstyle.
Wesley’s outfit is signature of the time, with his high socks, short breeches, brown suit coat and newsboys hat. A great outfit for boys.
Here is another plaid that is perfect for winter. Even though I do not like red personally, I think red is the perfect color for wearing in the winter, especially in the snow. Also, I just love her tam-o-shanter.
Wesley looks adorable with his hair so neatly combed and wearing a tie and green cardigan.
Rosemary DeCamp plays Mrs. Winfield and I like how she does it. Her husband is a strong, controlling man but she is no doormat. She is respectful and lets him lead, without squelching her own personality and occasional difference of opinion. Only when she feels he is being to harsh toward Margie and Bill does she say something, and when she does, it’s to remind him that he was young once too.
By the way, don’t you just love the dainty embroidery on her blouse and her pearl drop earrings?
I love the soft springy colors and materials the designers used for Margie’s clothing. The yellow dress she wears at his graduation and this one both look soft and feminine. And doesn’t he look dashing in his olive drab uniform.
And that concludes this post. What are you thoughts? Have you seen this movie before? Leave me a comment!
I will be reviewing the sequel soon, By the Light of the Silvery Moon. In the meantime, have you checked out my list of fall movies?