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Super Reviewer
March 26, 2014
It didn't take long to remake this one but the original is quite something to behold. Shearer and March are at their finest.
½ September 30, 2012
I loved this one. A love story with a few twists. Norma Shearer is wonderful, and I love the flashbacks. Very simple and nice production. Very enjoyable.
½ July 20, 2012
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
November 3, 2011
Decent older movie, Fredric March and Norma Shearer really were stars of the time.
July 26, 2011
I can't find many people who like this movie.
February 28, 2011
Fine MGM film with three top stars of the 1930s giving very good performances. Smilin' Through tells the story of a man (Leslie Howard) who is tormented by the death of his beloved wife. After his niece's parents are killed at sea, the man becomes the reluctant guardian of the child named Kathleen. The child grows up to look identical to his beloved deceased wife - both roles played by Norma Shearer. The woman while taking shelter from a storm in a nearby seemingly deserted house meets Kenneth Wayne and the two fall in love. However, when Kathleen mentions the man she loves to her uncle, he immediately becomes furious and demands that she never see him. A good moral tale on the nature of forgiveness. Sidney Franklin sets up every shot exquisitely and the film has a beautiful look. Melodrama, but very well executed nevertheless.
½ February 19, 2010
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.
½ June 11, 2009
Charming and sweet, but that's about all there is to it. If you love the classic film genre, and have a soft spot for Norma Shearer like I do, you'll probably love it, too.
May 17, 2009
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.
February 4, 2009
This has got to be my favorite romance of all time. I've never felt such believable love come out of such vivid characters!
September 28, 2008
Fredric March was gorgeous in "Smilin' Through" and Norma Shearer knew it!!!
Super Reviewer
July 3, 2008
want to see this because it was nominated for best picture at the oscars
February 22, 2008
Such a beautiful movie. Fredric March and Norma Shearer at their most gorgeous. A tearjerker with that classic hollywood charm.
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