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Smilin' Through (1932)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 24 September 1932 (USA)
The adoptive father of a young woman is horrified to learn she plans to marry the son of the man who accidentally killed her aunt years before.

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Writers:

Jane Cowl (play), Jane Murfin (play) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Kathleen / Moonyeen Clare
Fredric March ... Kenneth Wayne / Jeremy Wayne
Leslie Howard ... Sir John Carteret
O.P. Heggie ... Dr. Owen
Ralph Forbes ... Willie Ainley
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Crouch
Margaret Seddon Margaret Seddon ... Ellen
Forrester Harvey ... Orderly
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con la Sonrisa en los Labios See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$851,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was very successful at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $529,000 ($9.1M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir John Carteret: Moonyeen, Moonyeen, if only I could be with you. If only I knew the way to you.
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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

Version of Smilin' Through (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Smilin' Through
(uncredited)
Written by Arthur A. Penn
Played on piano and sung by Norma Shearer (dubbed by Georgia Stark)
Music integrated into the score throughout
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One of my all-time favorites!
15 November 2001 | by silenceisgoldenSee all my reviews

I just can't tell you how much I adore this film! It was superb in every way! Norma Shearer and Fredric March were wonderful together, the chemistry between these two can be felt, it burns right through the tv screen! I'm not kidding! ;-) It's just lovely, you care about these two, you want them to be together and be happy! That's a sign of good acting on their parts! Leslie Howard is excellent too, don't get me wrong. He just can't beat Fred! Oh Fred Fred Fred! Yes, I like him! Is it obvious? ;-) He's just the most amazing actor! I'm definitely going to buy The Barretts of Wimpole Street now because I think anything with Shearer and March together is worth my money! Or someone elses! ;-)Oh, and Fred and Norma kiss an awful lot too! Lucky gal! haha!


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