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Smilin' Through (1941)

Passed | | Musical, War, Fantasy | October 1941 (USA)
John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Donald Ogden Stewart (screen play), John L. Balderston (screen play) (as John Balderson) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jeanette MacDonald ... Kathleen / Moonyean Clare
Brian Aherne ... Sir John Carteret
Gene Raymond ... Kenneth 'Ken' Wayne / Jeremy 'Jerry' Wayne
Ian Hunter ... Reverend Owen Harding
Frances Robinson ... Ellen
Patrick O'Moore ... Willie
Eric Lonsdale Eric Lonsdale ... Charles, Kenneth's Batman
Jackie Horner ... Kathleen, as a Child
David Clyde ... Sexton
Frances Carson Frances Carson ... Dowager
Ruth Rickaby ... Woman
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Storyline

John Carteret has long been depressed and lonely, because, at his wedding years ago, his bride, Moonyean, was murdered. He accepts into his house Kathleen, the 5 year old orphaned niece of Moonyean, and she quickly grows up to look just like her aunt. Kathleen meets and falls in love with a mysterious stranger from America, Kenneth Wayne. When John hears of this he is furious, and we learn that it was Kenneth's father, Jeremy, who had killed Moonyean years before. John carries his grudge against Jeremy to the new generation, and threatens to ruin his niece's happiness, but he softens in the end. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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The Musical Triumph In Technicolor See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catene del passato See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Oliver T. Marsh was to be director of photography but died of a heart attack on 5 May 1941. It is unclear if he actually did any filming. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth: There's only one thing missing from this picnic. Don't you have any ants in England?
Kathleen: I have some in Ireland, but I never hear from them.
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Referenced in You Can't Fool a Camera (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Smilin' Through
(1918) (uncredited)
Written by Arthur A. Penn
Played during the opening credits and as background music often
Sung by Jeanette MacDonald in the flashback scene and danced to by Jeanette MacDonald and Brian Aherne
Reprised offscreen by Jeanette MacDonald at the end
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Smilin Through?...More Like Sleeping Through!
24 October 2009 | by krunkthekingSee all my reviews

Smilin Through before Sleeping Through, i was really disappointed in this film it lacked character and interest. Jeanette's singing is the only thing that saved me from complete boredom. Gene Raymond didn't fit the character or the movie, Jeanette didn't have any chemistry with her husband on screen might as well have put Nelson Eddy in the film it wouldn't have been so bad to watch. All in all the songs are nice including "Drink to me only with thine eyes" it looked like she was singing that to herself instead of her loving husband if you ask me. Even Louie B Mayor said it himself " sing to him like you love him"

she was supposed to be singing to her husband with love that shouldn't have been hard, if only she wasn't already inlove with Nelson. Jeanette always looks stunning in color and black and white films if you like Jeanette Macdonald then watch this film other then that nothing special really.


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