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Writers:
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)
Francis Marion Crawford (based upon the novel)
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Release Date:
14 April 1933 (USA) See more »
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Only the producers of the immortal "Smilin' Through" are capable of bringing to the talking screen such a love story with such tenderness, tears and beauty... See more »
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Don't listen too hard or you'll hear it creak See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Helen Hayes ... Angela Chiaromonte

Clark Gable ... Giovanni Severi
Lewis Stone ... Prince Chiaromonte
Louise Closser Hale ... Mina

May Robson ... Mother Superior

Edward Arnold ... Father Saracinesca
Alan Edwards ... Ernesto Traversi
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gene O'Brien
Richard Bennett ... Cardinal Giving Vows (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Agostino Borgato ... Patriotic Citizen (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Extra at Carnival (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Enrico - Guido's Chauffeur (uncredited)
Lumsden Hare ... Commander (uncredited)
Anthony Jowitt ... Undetermined Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Greta Meyer ... German Mother (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... (uncredited)

Nat Pendleton ... Corporal Cessano (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Celebrating Soldier (uncredited)
William Stack ... Colonel Booth (uncredited)
Donald Ogden Stewart ... Rear End of a Horse (uncredited)

Directed by
Victor Fleming (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play)

Francis Marion Crawford (based upon the novel) (as F. Marion Crawford)

Walter C. Hackett (dramatized by) (as Walter Hackett)

Francis Marion Crawford  play (uncredited)
Charles MacArthur  uncredited

Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Film Editing by
Margaret Booth (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cullen Tate .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
G.A. Burns .... sound mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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This was the first movie that Clark Gable wore a mustache.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Hell's Angels (1930)See more »
Soundtrack:
Patriotic SongSee more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Don't listen too hard or you'll hear it creak, 24 July 2014
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

Over the top melodrama isn't a bad antique but it is an antique.

Overwrought emotions dominate from almost the first frame and only become more hard to swallow as the picture unspools.

Part of the problem lies with Helen Hayes. Perhaps it's partially my own perception having become familiar with her when she had moved into her highly entertaining old lady phase but she seems too old for her part or her pairing with Clark Gable. It doesn't help that she was never completely comfortable on the screen in her youth relying on stage techniques that don't translate well to the movie screen. Her method and Gable's do not mesh and while she's playing to the back row he is his usual low key self, they share little chemistry.

The film has its moments and a decent supporting cast but the lack of rapport between the two leads in what is basically a story of great unrequited love makes this a struggle to get through at times.

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