Smilin' Through

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"Exquisite romance!"
  • NR
  • 1932
  • 1 hr 37 min
  • 6.9  (1,500)

Smilin' Through is a 1932 romantic drama film, directed by Sidney Franklin and starring Norma Shearer, Fredric March and Leslie Howard. The movie is based on the 1919 play of the same name by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin. The story is set in the early 20th century in rural England. John Carteret (Leslie Howard) is a wealthy landowner who has never recovered from the death of his fiancée, Moonyean Clare. On the eve of their wedding day, Moonyean was murdered by her jealous cousin, Jeremy Wayne (Fredric March). John has never forgiven Jeremy for what he did.

Years later, John's niece, Kathleen (Norma Shearer) comes to live with him. Kathleen is a sweet and naive young woman, and John quickly becomes very fond of her. One day, Kathleen meets a young man named Kenneth Wayne (also played by Fredric March), who happens to be the son of Jeremy Wayne, the man who murdered John's fiancée.

Despite John's initial hostility to Kenneth, Kathleen and Kenneth fall in love. John is torn between his love for Kathleen and his hatred for the Wayne family. Meanwhile, Jeremy has returned to England after spending many years in exile, hoping to reconcile with John and make amends for his past misdeeds.

The movie is a poignant and emotional story about love, forgiveness, and redemption. The performances of Norma Shearer, Fredric March and Leslie Howard are exceptional. Shearer brings warmth and kindness to her role as Kathleen, while Howard delivers a powerful and moving portrayal of a man struggling with his past. March gives a nuanced performance as both Jeremy and Kenneth, two very different characters who share a tragic family history.

The movie is beautifully filmed, with lush English countryside landscapes and exquisite sets that capture the period setting of the story. The costumes and period details are also impeccable, adding to the film's overall authenticity and charm.

The soundtrack features a lovely score by Herbert Stothart, which complements the film's emotional tone perfectly. The film is also notable for its use of the song "Smilin' Through", which became a popular hit at the time and has since become a classic.

Overall, Smilin' Through is a timeless romantic drama that explores themes of love, loss, and forgiveness. The outstanding cast, stunning visuals, and poignant storyline make it a must-see for fans of classic cinema.

Smilin' Through is a 1932 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 37 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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    1 hr 37 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (1,500)