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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 »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play), John L. Balderston (screen play) (as John Balderson) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Kathleen / Moonyean Clare
Brian Aherne ... Sir John Carteret
Gene Raymond ... Kenneth 'Ken' Wayne / Jeremy 'Jerry' Wayne
Ian Hunter ... Reverend Owen Harding
Frances Robinson ... Ellen
Patrick O'Moore ... Willie
Eric Lonsdale Eric Lonsdale ... Charles - Kenneth's Batman
Jackie Horner ... Kathleen - as a Child
David Clyde ... Sexton
Frances Carson Frances Carson ... Dowager
Ruth Rickaby ... Undetermined Secondary Role
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Storyline

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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Jeanette MacDonald and husband Gene Raymond in their only screen collaboration! Their eyes met...and they knew they were meant for each other! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catene del passato See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 30 December 1919 and ran for 175 performances. Authors Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin used a single pseudonym (Allan Langdon Martin) as the author, but Cowl starred in the play under her real name. Also in the play were Charlotte Granville and Henry Stephenson. 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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Version of Smilin' Through (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played on organ at the wedding in the flashback sequence
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Jeanette's glory days at MGM were coming to a close!
5 May 1999 | by Pat-54See all my reviews

Jeanette MacDonald was one of MGM's biggest stars of the 1930's, but by 1941, her glory days were coming to a close. Her last couple of films had not generated all that much excitement from the critics or the box office. So instead of purchasing vehicles for her, they reached into the past and re-made a past hit, which was the 1932 Norma Shearer tear-jerker, "Smilin' Through." This time, they added songs and Technicolor.


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