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Smilin' Through (1932)

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John has lead a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend, insists that he care for his niece, Kathleen, orphaned when her parents were... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Kathleen (credited) / Moonyeen (uncredited)
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Kenneth Wayne (credited) / Jeremy Wayne (uncredited)
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Beryl Mercer ...
Mrs. Crouch
Margaret Seddon ...
Ellen, the Maid
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John has lead a solitary life for thirty years since the death of Moonyeen Clare. But now Owens, a close friend, insists that he care for his niece, Kathleen, orphaned when her parents were lost at sea. Kathleen is five, but the years pass and now she is a young woman who is the image of Moonyeen. Willy wants Kathleen for his wife, but Sparks fly when she meets Kenneth Wayne one dark and stormy night. John is horrified for it was Wayne's father who shot Moonyeen dead on her wedding day and John has never found him or forgiven the family. When Ken goes off to war, John forbids any marriage and Ken agrees, while Kathleen does not. When Ken returns four years later when the war is over, he is crippled. He conceals his condition and makes plans to leave for America. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Exquisite romance!

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Drama | Romance

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24 September 1932 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Fredric March commented to his first cousin, Kathryn Davis, about working with Norma Shearer, that, yes, she was a great actress, professional, etc., but could be difficult, because she constantly expected perfection. When Davis asked what that specifically meant, March replied, "She was never satisfied, kept having us do take after take." Pausing, he continued, unabashed, "Especially our love scenes. She always wanted to redo all the love scenes, several times!" Davis wanted to ask why he supposed Shearer always wanted to retake the love scenes in particular, but thought better of it and kept silent. See more »

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When Fredric March and Norma Shearer draw back after a farewell kiss in the garden, a thick, glistening strand of saliva can easily be seen between them. See more »

Crazy Credits

As M-G-M would later do with "The Wizard of Oz", no mention at all is made of any of the actors having dual roles. Thus, the characters "Moonyeen" and "Jeremy Wayne" are not even mentioned in the credits, although the characters are drastically important to the story. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Leslie Howard (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Smilin' Through
(uncredited)
Written by Arthur A. Penn
Played on piano and sung by Norma Shearer (dubbed by Georgia Stark)
Music integrated into the score throughout
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Highly recommended film from the past.
28 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Egyptian Theater in Sioux Falls, SD when I was 7 yrs. old. I can still remember the shooting scene. I cried all the way home. I just watched it today and cried all over again! I didn't realize 'til today what a wonderful actress Norma Shearer was. The photography was great, better than I remember 30's movies being. The chemistry between Norma and Frederic was superb. And ,of course, Leslie Howard always gives a stellar performance. I haven't seen the re-makes, but can't imagine that they could improve upon it. I'm saving this movie for my daughter to see so she can appreciate a fine film from the past, one with an everlasting theme and a great story.


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