Smilin' Through (1932)





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Smilin' Through is the story of a bitter old man (Leslie Howard), whose fiancee (Norma Shearer) was killed on their wedding day by her jilted former suitor (Fredric March). Years later, the man is forced to take care of his orphaned niece (also Shearer), who looks exactly like his fiancee. Soon, the niece falls in love with the son of the jilted suitor, and Howard attempts to stop their romance from blossoming. Sidney Franklin originally filmed Smilin' Through in 1922, and the movie was later remade in 1941.
Classics , Drama , Romance
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Leslie Howard
as John Carteret
Fredric March
as Jeremy Wayne
Beryl Mercer
as Mrs. Crouch
Norma Shearer
as Kathleen, Moonyean Clare
David Torrence
as Gardener
Ralph Forbes
as Willie Ainley
O.P. Heggie
as Dr. Owen
Cora Sue Collins
as Kathleen as a Child
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Critic Reviews for Smilin' Through

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

It is a beautiful production, too immaculate, if anything, in its scenes of the past.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

In interpretation, in acting and in the fine presentation of all its poetically romantic qualities, this version is a worthy successor to the earlier transcription.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

Lovely, simply lovely.

Full Review… | January 31, 2012
TV Guide

It shows off the weaknesses of its leads; it stews in rank sentimentality; and it suffers from an uneven tone and attention-killing pacing problems.

Full Review… | February 12, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Smilin' Through

It didn't take long to remake this one but the original is quite something to behold. Shearer and March are at their finest.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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79/100. 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

Quite possibly one of the most underrated movies of all time. It's really very beautiful. Norma Shearer's performance is really wonderful. She plays to different characters in different time periods, and makes each one interesting and unique on their own, while still establishing their similarities. Fredric March is charming, and Leslie Howard gives a really great performance as well, playing the same character in two different periods.

Katie Richardson
Katie Richardson

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