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Smilin' Through (1932)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 September 1932 (USA)
The adoptive father of a young woman is horrified to learn she plans to marry the son of the man who accidentally killed her aunt years before.

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John has led 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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24 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Con la Sonrisa en los Labios  »

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$851,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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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The bulk of the story takes place during the WWI era, 1915-1919, but all of Norma Shearer's clothes, hats, and hairstyles are strictly in the 1932 mode, the year the film was made, a typical practice of the era. See more »

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Kenneth Wayne: How about a toast?
Kathleen: I know one. Here's to your health, your honor, and the health of all your descendants, great and small.
Kenneth Wayne: That's a mighty handsome toast.
Kathleen: But, Irish toasts are the best I know.
Kenneth Wayne: May you keep as young and as pretty as you are, until doomsday, and never forget the man who wished it.
Kathleen: I wonder now, as I look at you, have we never met before?
Kenneth Wayne: No, I guess we haven't. I shouldn't have forgotten.
Kathleen: Oh, could you be Irish too!
Kenneth Wayne: Yeah, I could, if I saw enough of you!
Kathleen: Oh!
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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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Just One More Waltz With You
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Music by James Byron
Lyrics by Carl Leopold
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A beautiful romance, one of the best movies ever made
5 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

One of the most wonderful romances to have come from Hollywood in the 30s, Smilin Through stars three legendary actors- Norma Shearer, Leslie Howard and the gorgeous and talented Fredric March- with and without moustache! Also wearing uniform!! If that doesn't make you want to run out and buy all available copies of Smilin Through, you may want to check your pulse. You'll love it, as long as you aren't a cold-hearted beast. Its the cat's mieow. So put on the kettle for some mighty good tea, settle back with Mrs Crouch's sinkers and dumplings and maybe a slender cookie or two, and watch this fabulous romantic movie right now. 100 out of 10!


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