By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953) | Movie and Fashion Review

And here we are again for the list of fall favorites! For years we watched On Moonlight Bay and loved it. But more recently we were ecstatic to discover its sequel, By the Light of the Silvery Moon. Since the movie centers on Thanksgiving and right before Christmas, I consider this an appropriate time to review it.

Doris Day and Gordon MacRae are just as good in this as they were in On Moonlight Bay. It was a thrill discovering there was another movie like the first. My third favorite with these two would have to be Tea for Two.

The best thing about By the Light of the Silvery Moon is that the cast and sets are still the same. The story this time centers on Bill and Margie's plans for marriage and a misunderstanding that finds its way into everyone's relationships.


Bill returns home at the end of the first war with a more mature look at life. He tells Margie that they should wait until he has a job and can save some money before they marry as planned. At first Margie is angry but as usual, she soon comes around to his way of thinking. Bill gets a job at her father's bank and discovers the "beauty" of loans; only when he tells Margie that they can get married now, she is strangely unsure. Little does Bill know that Margie, Stella, and Wesley have discovered a note from their father to a French actress of an alarming nature. In truth, Mr. Winfield wrote down an objectionable speech in the actress's play that he needs to discuss with his partner before leasing the theater to her, but his family assumes the letter is from him to the actress. The situation only worsens when Bill catches Wesley trying to burn the note. He reads it and believes it is a love letter from another admirer to Margie. Margie's only chance is to take her parents back to the spot they first became engaged in hopes her father will remember his "first love". But no need to worry, everything gets cleared up and happy plans are resumed.

Fashion Review

Margie's early 1900's wedding dress is absolutely lovely. Although most of her outfits in this movie are more "contemporary" than they should be, her costumes are every girls dream vintage wardrobe.

As a great fan of browns, I really love this outfit. Margie wears a pleated, chocolate brown skirt with a black belt and brown, white, and pink striped blouse. Later she wears the same skirt and belt but with a tan blouse and a red kerchief.

Here's another great shot of Margie and Bill. He looks dapper with his pressed suit and slicked back hair, even if he does have a kind of dopey look on his face. Margie wears a blue satin dress with white neckline and red ribbon tied around the neck.

As always, the winter wear is delightful. Bill wears a heavy fur coat and a chocolate colored pork pie hat. Margie wears a deep polka dot suit with deep red velvet trim and wrap. Her beret is matching with polka dots and a red pom-pom.

This outfit is definitely early 50's, instead of 1910's, but I love it all the same. She wears a navy turtle neck and navy A-line skirt with a slender chestnut brown belt.

Another thing I really like about the movie is the decor. The wallpaper is so Victorian and the steps look like they are carpeted in an Indian blanket. But more on decor later.

Although I love the color of this gown, the flounces at the hips are amusing. The bodice is simple but lovely, and I think the embroidered flowers on the straps make the dress. Notice also her very simple jewelry --a slight touch of gold with the necklace and nothing more.

And here we are to my absolute favorite. Margie wears a red knit blouse and contrasting plaid scarf. Her beret is red as well with an extra large pom-pom. Her skirt is full and plaid like the scarf. Later she dons a fluffy, beige dress coat that comes rather short and full.

Stella wears darker plaids and an outdated mink scarf. Her beret is obviously crocheted, in brown and dark green with a tassle hanging off the side.

I talked about polka dots being popular in the 40's and 50's in my last post, and here is another example. Mrs. Winfield's dress has a 1910 style but in a later period pattern. She always has such a lovely look.

They really succeeded in the early period with this dress. Mrs. Winfield's dress for Thanksgiving Day is a chestnut brown velvet with a beige cover.

Tuxedos don't change much over the years, and it's a funny thing that this is true with most men's suit styles. Bill wears a gray pork pie with his tuxedo and looks spectacular!

I've already talked about this scene but I wanted to point out the lamp in the back. The shade is covered in a sheer and trimmed on top with a blue ribbon.

Children's Fashion

I talked a little about the boy's fashion from this period in my review of the last movie. But briefly note the newsboys hats, cardigans and short pants. The little boy, PeeWee, is too cute.

Wesley is up to his antics as usual, escaping from trouble and creating fantastic stories.

PeeWee wears a wool plaid coat and knit toboggan.

Like PeeWee, Wesley wears a plaid, double-breasted coat and his typical newsboys hat.

In comparing characters, I would say Wesley is less spoiled in this one if still just as ornery. Mr. Winfield's character is a bit easier-going I think too, but everyone is still just as enjoyable. My only regret is that they didn't make a third film where we actually get to see Margie and Bill get married. But I guess it can't go on forever.

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