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Smilin' Through (1922)

Passed | | Drama | 13 February 1922 (USA)
Kathleen, a young Irish woman, is in love with Kenneth Wayne but is prevented from marrying him by her guardian John Carteret. John is haunted by memories of his thwarted love for Kathleen's aunt, Moonyean.

Director:

Sidney Franklin (as Sidney A. Franklin)

Writers:

Jane Cowl (play) (as Alan Langdon Martin), Jane Murfin (play) (as Alan Langdon Martin) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Norma Talmadge ... Kathleen / Moonyeen
Wyndham Standing ... John Carteret
Harrison Ford ... Kenneth Wayne / Jeremiah Wayne
Alec B. Francis ... Dr. Owen
Glenn Hunter ... Willie Ainsley
Grace Griswold Grace Griswold ... Ellen
Miriam Battista Miriam Battista ... Little Mary - Moonyeen's Sister
Gene Lockhart ... Village Rector (as Eugene Lockhart)
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Kathleen, a young Irish woman, is in love with Kenneth Wayne but is prevented from marrying him by her guardian John Carteret. John is haunted by memories of his thwarted love for Kathleen's aunt, Moonyean.

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8 Reels of Sunshine and Storm (original herald)

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Drama

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Release Date:

13 February 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smiling Through See more »

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Gross USA:

$254,700, 31 December 1922
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| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gene Lockhart's first film. See more »

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Version of Smilin' Through (1941) See more »

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Smilin' Through
Lyrics and music by Arthur A. Penn, c. 1919
'introduced in Joseph M. Schenck's Motion Picture Version of the Fantastic Play "Smilin' Through" featuring Norma Talmadge A First National Attraction'
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Lovely Norma Talmadge
20 February 2011 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This first film version of the hit play (which starred Jane Cowl) was a big hit starring Norma Talmadge in the dual role of Kathleen/Moonyeen.

The story is partly told in flashback to explain John's (Wyndham Standing) hatred of the Wayne family, which includes Kathleen's love Kenneth (Harrison Ford, who also plays Jeremiah in the flashback).

Years before, John was about to marry Moonyeen when her spurned lover Jeremiah burst into the wedding and fired a shot at John. Moonyeen jumps in front of her intended and is killed. From that day John has lived in bitter hatred of the Wayne family. So when Kenneth comes calling on Kathleen, John refuses to let Kathleen see him. But World War I is imminent and Kenneth goes away, swearing eternal love.

The melodramatic storyline is helped by the idea that the ghosts of John's youth watch over the living, waiting for them to join them. John is told by his friend (Alec B. Francis) that the hatred in his heart will always drive away the love Moonyeen had for him. She hovers but can't connect to the hateful old man.

Will the young lovers be united? Will John see the error of his ways? Norma Talmadge, with her dark eyes and expressive mouth is excellent here as the tragic heroine but also has a few light moments as when she's trying to ditch a young man (Glenn Hunter) at a dance. Harrison Ford gets to play the mooning lover but also the deranged Jeremiah. Standing seems pretty unappealing but he handles his acting chores well. And yes that's Gene Lockhart as the village rector, in his film debut.

This is a very nice production of the old fashioned and delicate story of love everlasting. The ghost of Moonyeen tells us that if people only lived their lives knowing what awaits them after death, they would go smilin' through life.

The title of this film in the opening credits is actually SMILING THROUGH.


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