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Smilin' Through (1941)





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An orphan girl raised by her uncle causes a scandal when she agrees to marry the son of the man who murdered her aunt in this tuneful romantic melodrama that made Jeanette MacDonald a star. This is the third filmization of the story.


Jeanette MacDonald
as Kathleen/Moonyean Clare
Brian Aherne
as Sir John Carteret
Gene Raymond
as Kenneth/Jeremy Wayne
Ian Hunter
as Rev. Owen Harding
Jackie Horner
as Kathleen as a child
Patrick O'Moore
as Willie Ainley
Emily West
as Chorus Singer
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Critic Reviews for Smilin' Through

All Critics (2)

Dated weepie romancer.

Full Review… | July 4, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This material had served as a tear-milking vehicle for Norma Talmadge in the '20s and Norma Shearer in the '30s, and it was a touch threadbare even when they did it.

Full Review… | July 28, 2006
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Smilin' Through

This lush MGM Technicolor production, directed by sentimental master Frank Borzage, serves Jeanette MacDonald's fans well; it's also the only film she made opposite husband Gene Raymond.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Solid melodrama, excellent MGM production. The cast is great, Norma Shearer is radiant and gives a fine performance. Fredric March is fine as well. Very sentimental, but its so well done. Good story, excellent art direction.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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