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Smilin' Through (1941)

Passed | | Musical, War, Fantasy | October 1941 (USA)
John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of ... See full summary »

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John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of Moonyean, and she quickly grows up to look just like her aunt. Kathleen meets and falls in love with a mysterious stranger from America, Kenneth Wayne. When John hears of this he is furious, and we learn that it was Kenneth's father, Jeremy, who had killed Moonyean years before. John carries his grudge against Jeremy to the new generation, and threatens to ruin his niece's happiness, but he softens in the end. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 5, 1942 with Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne and Gene Raymond reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth: There's only one thing missing from this picnic. Don't you have any ants in England?
Kathleen: I have some in Ireland, but I never hear from them.
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Referenced in You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) See more »

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The Kerry Dance
(1875) (uncredited)
Music traditional
Lyrics by J.L. Molloy (1875)
Played on piano and sung by Jackie Horner
Played on piano and sung by Jeanette MacDonald with an orchestral background
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don't bother with comparing apples and oranges
18 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't bother comparing this version of an old play with others. This one has Jeanette MacDonald and Brian Aherne and is splendid all on its own. A Word War II era look at the past it resonates with a thousand charming moments. She is lovely and even Gene Raymond charms. I think the special mood of this film may be that all of these faces are gone now and yet with us, part of those of us who watch and feel that vibration of the past lovers, the war in background and the sadness of our loss of that time and those faces, voices, memories. For me a pleasure enhanced with every viewing. A special thank your to Mr. Aherne who will always be a favorite of mine and hopefully others who have watched that expressive and quite beautiful but very masculine face. Definitely recommended.


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