Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Movie Review - By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Happy November, kitties! A lot of great things happen in November. My mommy's birthday is in November, and TURKEY DAY is in November, too! That's right, everyfurry! November is definitely a month for being thankful. That's why this November I am doing movies about family togetherness . . . because I am most thankful for my family!

Today's movie is an oldie but a goodie, "By the Light of the Silvery Moon."

By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953)
Directed By: David Butler
Written By: Irving Elinson
Robert O'Brien

"By the Light of the Silvery Moon" is based on Booth Tarkington's "Penrod" stories. The story is set in a small town in the early part of the twentieth century (around World War I, to be exact). This movie and it's predecessor "On Moonlight Bay"(1951) both center around the daily lives of the Winfield family, especially the daughter Marjorie (Doris Day) and her relationship with her boyfriend Bill Sherman (Gordon MacRae). Marjorie, once a tomboy uninterested in boys or girliness, becomes all woman when she meets Bill, much to the mixed feelings of her father (Leon Ames). Marjorie and Bill's relationship is amusing, if you can stand a lot of mushy singing. Mommy finds as she grows older she has less tolerance for some older musicals and sappy singing, no matter how good the singers are.

As amusing as the whole movie is, the real star of the show is Marjorie's little brother, Wesley (Billy Gray). Really, once you've seen this movie, you watch it again, if only for Wesley.

Wesley is a very smart, very funny, very imaginative little boy.

Why is this movie perfect not only for family togetherness but also for the month of November?

My furry friends, the answer is one word: Turkey.

Young Wesley has the wonderful idea of raising a turkey for Thanksgiving. Wesley, being the sensitive soul he is, of course bonds with the turkey . . . which leads to a lot of amusing incidents when it comes time for Thanksgiving.

One of the best quotes from the movie comes from young Wesley:

"Well, if he's good enough to be on the table, he's good enough to walk around it."

I give this movie two paws up and a chirp for being a true classic, and full of family fun!

6 meows:

michico*Adan said...

Looks like a very good movie to watch~!

Anonymous said...

Hahah I like that quote lots and lots..
My Momma is really crazy like that, she can not even touch meat if it looks like what it is, so ifs we buy chicken or turkey it must be in pieces, same for legs of lamb etc, we must not have any sign it woz once alive..
Momma has to fool herself every time she uses meat lol
Is not Momma the biggest goof? hehe


DEBRA said...

We were not familiar with this movie, but thanks to you Tybalt we can enjoy it through your review...


The Furry Kids said...

The Mom says this one looks good, too. Tybalt, you are opening our eyes to lots of movies we haven't seen before.


Sunny's Mommy said...

That sounds like the purrfect movie for Turkey Day :-D

Have a great weekend!

THE ZOO said...

wefe nefur sen this movie but it sownds lyk a gud movie from yur review.