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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.

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Norma Shearer
as Kathleen, Moonyean Clare
Fredric March
as Jeremy Wayne
Leslie Howard
as John Carteret
O.P. Heggie
as Dr. Owen
Ralph Forbes
as Willie Ainley
Beryl Mercer
as Mrs. Crouch
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.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

Lovely, simply lovely.

January 31, 2012 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

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.

February 12, 2005 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

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