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Smilin' Through (1932)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 September 1932 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Kathleen (credited) / Moonyeen (uncredited)
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Kenneth Wayne (credited) / Jeremy Wayne (uncredited)
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Beryl Mercer ...
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Ellen, the Maid
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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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Drama | Romance

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24 September 1932 (USA)  »

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Con la Sonrisa en los Labios  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 17, 1939 with Norma Shearer reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Kathleen: It has been fun, hasn't it?
Kenneth Wayne: Oh, it's been swell!
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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 »

Connections

Featured in The Happy Ending (1969) See more »

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If Love Were All
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Music by William Axt
Lyrics by Martha Wilchinski
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A beautiful romance, one of the best movies ever made
5 January 2001 | by (Cocoanut Grove, natch) – 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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