Wednesday, July 18, 2012
(1932) Smilin' Through
Movie starring veteran actors Leslie Howard as Sir John Carteret and Normae Shearer whose playing two roles, one as as Kathleen and the other Kathleen's niece, Moonyeen. Set up is identical to "Wuthering Heights" where the movie has Kathleen and John slated to be married and are very much in love. Invoking an accidental shooting involving a third party played by Fredric March whose also playing dual roles, Kenneth as the one who accidently shot and killed Kathleen as a result. Before Kathleen died, it just so happens that she also have a niece whose now a orphan, and Sir John is chosen to be her gaurdian. Jump to many years later and the third party named Kenneth, the one who accidently shot and killed Kathleen also happens to have a son and is coincidently the same age as the niece and his name is Jeremy who even looks identically like his father and both he and Moonyeen are in love with each other except that John cannot does not want to give any consent to her marrying him at all for he cannot forgive nor forget the son of the father who destroyed his love life.
As forementioned, I thought that the movies set up is somewhat identical to "Wuthering Heights since the protagonist's passionate obsession with the main female character over clouds his judgement, which involves other parties that have nothing to with it. Also similar are the pain and animosity felt from John, as well as Kathleen's ghostly figure image is shown throughout the film to inspire him to do the right thing. This is also the second of three versions that were remade.
And although I thought the movie still has it's moments it's still unrelevently made if it were released by today's standards.
3 out of 4