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Smilin' Through
     

Smilin' Through

Director: Sidney Franklin, Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Leslie Howard

Cast: Sidney Franklin, Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Leslie Howard

 

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Director Sidney Franklin originally adapted Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl's play Smilin' Through for the silver screen in a 1922 silent film starring Norma Talmadge and (the other) Harrison Ford. Remaking his own film, Franklin directed Norma Shearer in this 1932 talkie. Leslie Howard plays John Carteret, an old man whose fiancée (Shearer) was killed on their

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Director Sidney Franklin originally adapted Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl's play Smilin' Through for the silver screen in a 1922 silent film starring Norma Talmadge and (the other) Harrison Ford. Remaking his own film, Franklin directed Norma Shearer in this 1932 talkie. Leslie Howard plays John Carteret, an old man whose fiancée (Shearer) was killed on their wedding day by her jilted former suitor (Fredric March). Years later, Carteret is forced to take care of his orphaned niece Kathleen (also Shearer), who looks exactly like his his former betrothed. The niece soon falls in love with Kenneth Wayne (also March), the son of the jilted suitor. Filled with bitterness and resentment about the past, Carteret does all that he can to stand in the way of the blossoming romance. Smilin' Through was once again adapted in a 1941 version directed by Frank Borzage and starring Jeanette MacDonald.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A first class romance, Smilin' Through is totally unbelievable -- but it never really asks for believability. The whole point of a movie like Smilin' is that it may be set IN the real world, but it is definitely not OF the real world. With its message that true love redeems all and that nothing must be allowed to stand in the way of true love, Smilin' is clearly not interested in educating the intellect but in milking the emotions, and it does this beautifully. Yet at the same time, the films avoids being a shameless "weepie." Great credit for this is due Sidney Franklin's excellent direction. He clearly is committed to the material and allows the emotions to billow forth freely when appropriate; yet he also knows when to pull the reins in contrast and to create greater impact. Under lesser hands, the far-fetched story might seem ridiculous; in his, it feels just right, even as the viewer knows it's totally artificial. Sidney is also blessed with a superb cast, with a luminous Norma Shearer turning in one of her finest performances and a wonderful Fredric March demonstrating why he was one of the screen's finest actors in the 1930s and 1940s. Leslie Howard is hampered somewhat by some unconvincing "age" make-up, but overall is quite effective.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/04/2014
UPC:
0883316222201
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sales rank:
30,501

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Performance Credits
Norma Shearer Kathleen,Moonyean Clare
Fredric March Jeremy Wayne
Leslie Howard John Carteret
O.P. Heggie Dr. Owen
Ralph Forbes Willie Ainley
Beryl Mercer Mrs. Crouch
David Torrence Gardener
Margaret Seddon Ellen
Forrester Harvey Orderly
Cora Sue Collins Young Kathleen

Technical Credits
Sidney Franklin Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
William Axt Score Composer
Margaret Booth Editor
James Bernard Fagan Screenwriter
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
James Stewart Screenwriter
Irving G. Thalberg Producer
Ernest Vajda Screenwriter
Claudine West Screenwriter

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