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Let's Sing a Song About the Moonlight (1948)

Approved | | Short, Music, Musical | 24 January 1948 (USA)
Four popular songs about moonlight are presented, including their origins and as sing-a-longs. In 1909, songwriter Edward Madden worked as an undercover government agent in New York's rough... See full summary »

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The Melody Makers The Melody Makers ... Themselves (voice)
Art Gilmore ... Narrator (voice)
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Four popular songs about moonlight are presented, including their origins and as sing-a-longs. In 1909, songwriter Edward Madden worked as an undercover government agent in New York's rough and tumble Tenderloin District, which is in stark contrast to his lyrics for "By the Light of the Silvery Moon", the lyrics which were set to music by Gus Edwards. Three years later, Madden would pen the lyrics to what is now the popular barbershop standard "Moonlight Bay". Southerner James Allen Bland wrote many songs depicting the simple life of the south, including "In the Evening By the Moonlight". And an already popular 1908 penned song was made even more famous and popular with the movie of the same name, Shine on Harvest Moon (1944), the title song which was sung by Ann Sheridan and Dennis Morgan portraying the song's writers, Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth. Written by Huggo

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English

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24 January 1948 (USA) See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Included on the Warner DVD of On Moonlight Bay (1951) See more »

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Nora Bayes in Film Clip from 'Shine On, Harvest Moon': [sings] Shine on, shine on, Harvest Moon, up in the sky / I ain't had no loving since January, February, March, April, May, June or July / Snow time, ain't no time to stay outdoors and spoon / So, shine on, shine on, Harvest Moon, for me and my pal.
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Features Shine on Harvest Moon (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

By the Light of the Silvery Moon
(uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Lyrics by Edward Madden
Sung by The Melody Makers
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23 July 2009 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Let's Sing a Song About the Moonlight (1948)

*** (out of 4)

"Memories from Memory Lane" is the title given to this short from Warner, which is actually an excellent trip down just that...memory lane. I always find the idea of a group of people sitting in a theater singing to be rather funny but that's what this short does. We get four different songs being sung by professionals before the narrator steps in and tells the crowd to sing. We get the words up on the screen so that people can follow along. By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Moonlight Bay, In the Evening of the Moonlight and Shine On, Harvest Moon are the four songs performed. Ann Sheridan's singing of the last song, from SHINE ON HARVEST MOON, is shown then of course it's the crowds turn. I haven't seen too many of these sing-a-long shorts but this one here was a lot of fun. No, I didn't sing along with the screen but it was fun without my horrid voice adding anything.


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