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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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Complete credited cast:
Kathleen (credited) / Moonyeen (uncredited)
Kenneth Wayne (credited) / Jeremy Wayne (uncredited)
O.P. Heggie ...
Beryl Mercer ...
Mrs. Crouch
Margaret Seddon ...
Ellen, the Maid
Forrester Harvey ...


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 <>

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Exquisite romance!


Drama | Romance






Release Date:

24 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Catene  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cinematographer Lee Garmes left during production and Charles G. Clarke took over, but did not receive screen credit. See more »


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 »


Kathleen: Look at this. When Jeremy Wayne got it, he crushed it in his hand and threw it away. Why would he do that?
Willie Ainley: Probably he was blotto. He emptied half of the decanter.
Kathleen: Don't be an ass, Willie!
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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 »


Featured in The Happy Ending (1969) See more »


Just One More Waltz With You
Music by James Byron
Lyrics by Carl Leopold
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The ONLY picture I can't watch without crying.
18 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't add much to the raves already posted.

The first song I remember my mother singing to me was "Smiling Through" ("But through all the long years, when the clouds brought their tears, those two eyes of blue came smiling through at me"), and she'd tell me the movie's story. I taught the song to my children and grandchildren, but until recent years there was no way to get a copy of the movie.

I thought I wanted the Jeannette MacDonald version because of her beautiful voice, but it was back ordered and only this one was available--lucky for me. It seems to be everyone's favorite of the three.

The wedding scene is a masterpiece--understated and heartbreaking, but I'm finally able to handle it. It's that very last scene that gets me every time. Best kind of tears, though: the kind you're "smiling through".

Norma Shearer, like Irene Dunne, is not only beautiful to look at but irresistibly likable.

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