The Info List - Smilin' Through (1932 Film)

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Smilin' Through is a 1932 American pre-Code MGM
romantic drama film based on the play by Jane Cowl
Jane Cowl
and Jane Murfin, also named Smilin' Through. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture for 1932. It was adapted from Cowl and Murfin's play by James Bernard Fagan, Donald Ogden Stewart, Ernest Vajda
Ernest Vajda
and Claudine West. The movie was directed by Sidney Franklin and starred Norma Shearer, Fredric March, Leslie Howard and Ralph Forbes. The film was a remake of an earlier 1922 silent version also directed by Sidney Franklin which starred Norma Talmadge.


1 Plot 2 Cast 3 Box office 4 Awards and honors 5 See also 6 External links 7 Notes

Plot[edit] John Carteret (Leslie Howard) is a wealthy man with a huge estate. He was set to marry Moonyeen Clare (Norma Shearer), but on their wedding day she was accidentally killed during the wedding ceremony by her drunken and jealous ex-fiance Jeremy Wayne (Fredric March), who actually meant to kill John. John has spent the rest of his life in mourning. However, Moonyeen has kept in touch with him from the next life. He continues to live on the estate, and has a special place where he communicates with her spirit. His close friend Dr. Owens (O.P. Heggie) tells him of Moonyeen's niece Kathleen, whose parents have drowned at sea. He begs John to adopt the child, and he does. Kathleen is five, but as she grows older she looks exactly like the dead Moonyeen (and is also played by Norma Shearer). Her childhood friend Willie (Ralph Forbes) wants to marry her, but she is interested in Kenneth Wayne (also played by Fredric March), whom she meets in unexpected and romantic circumstances. However, Kenneth is the son of Jeremy, Moonyeen's killer, who disappeared and was never found. John refuses to let them marry and threatens to disinherit her. She leaves with Kenneth, but he sends her back again because he does not want to ruin her life. However, John has been deeply affected by the events and has lost his ability to communicate with his dead fiancee, who perceives his anger and hatred as having set up a barrier she cannot overcome. Kenneth enlists in the Army and is gone for four years, returning as a disabled war veteran. He hides his condition, claims he no longer cares for Kathleen, and plans to return to America. John finds out the truth from Dr. Owens. He sees that Kenneth really cares for Kathleen and is not like his wastrel father. He tells Kathleen, and she runs off to tell Kenneth she still cares for him. John sits down to play chess with Dr. Owens, but apparently dozes off. Amused, Dr. Owens leaves him so that he can take his nap. John, however, has actually died, and he is reunited with Moonyeen, just as Kathleen is heard returning with Kenneth. Cast[edit]

Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
as Kathleen (credited)/Moonyeen (uncredited) Fredric March
Fredric March
as Kenneth Wayne (credited)/Jeremy Wayne (uncredited) Leslie Howard as Sir John Carteret O.P. Heggie
O.P. Heggie
as Dr. Owen Ralph Forbes as Willie Ainley Beryl Mercer
Beryl Mercer
as Mrs. Crouch Margaret Seddon
Margaret Seddon
as Ellen, the Maid Forrester Harvey as Orderly Herbert Bunston as Minister (uncredited) Mary Carlisle
Mary Carlisle
as Young Party Guest (uncredited) Cora Sue Collins
Cora Sue Collins
as Young Kathleen (uncredited) Claude King as Richard Clare, Moonyeen's Father (uncredited) David Torrence as Gardener (uncredited)

Box office[edit] The film grossed a total (domestic and foreign) of $2,033,000: $1,004,000 from the US and Canada and $1,029,000 elsewhere. It made a profit of $529,000.[1] Awards and honors[edit] In 1934, Smilin' Through was nominated for the Academy Award for Outstanding Production at the 6th Academy Awards. In 2002, the American Film Institute
American Film Institute
nominated this film for AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions.[2] See also[edit]

Smilin' Through (1922 film) Smilin' Through (1941 film) Smilin' Through (play) Smilin' Through (song)

External links[edit]

Smilin' Through on IMDb Smilin' Through at the TCM Movie Database Smilin' Through at AllMovie


^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study . ^ " AFI's 100 Years...100 Passions Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-19. 

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Jane Cowl
Jane Cowl
and Jane Murfin's Smilin' Through (1919)


Smilin' Through (1922) Smilin' Through (1932) Smilin' Through (1941)


"Smilin' Through" (song) "There's a Long Long Trail A-Winding" (song)

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Films directed by Sidney Franklin

Going Straight (1916) Gretchen the Greenhorn (1916) A Sister of Six
A Sister of Six
(1916) Treasure Island (1918) The Safety Curtain
The Safety Curtain
(1918) The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
(1918) The Probation Wife
The Probation Wife
(1919) The Heart of Wetona
The Heart of Wetona
(1919) The Hoodlum (1919) Heart o' the Hills (1919) Smilin' Through (1922) The Primitive Lover
The Primitive Lover
(1922) East Is West (1922) Brass (1923) Dulcy (1923) Tiger Rose (1923) Her Night of Romance
Her Night of Romance
(1924) Her Sister from Paris
Her Sister from Paris
(1925) Beverly of Graustark
Beverly of Graustark
(1926) The Duchess of Buffalo
The Duchess of Buffalo
(1926) Quality Street (1927) The Actress (1928) Wild Orchids (1929) The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) Devil-May-Care
(1929) The Lady of Scandal
The Lady of Scandal
(1930) A Lady's Morals (1930) The Guardsman (1931) Private Lives (1931) Smilin' Through (1932) Reunion in Vienna (1933) The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) The Dark Angel (1935) The Good Earth (1937) The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957)

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Irving Thalberg


The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) Merry-Go-Round (1923) His Hour
His Hour
(1924) He Who Gets Slapped
He Who Gets Slapped
(1924) The Unholy Three (1925) The Merry Widow (1925) The Tower of Lies
The Tower of Lies
(1925) The Big Parade
The Big Parade
(1925) Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) Torrent (1926) La Bohème (1926) Brown of Harvard (1926) The Road to Mandalay (1926) The Temptress
The Temptress
(1926) Valencia (1926) Flesh and the Devil
Flesh and the Devil
(1926) Twelve Miles Out
Twelve Miles Out
(1927) The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg
(1927) London After Midnight (1927) The Crowd (1928) Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Laugh, Clown, Laugh
(1928) White Shadows in the South Seas (1928) Show People
Show People
(1928) West of Zanzibar (1928) The Broadway Melody
The Broadway Melody
(1929) The Trial of Mary Dugan (1929) Voice of the City
Voice of the City
(1929) Where East Is East
Where East Is East
(1929) The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929) The Hollywood Revue of 1929
The Hollywood Revue of 1929
(1929) Hallelujah (1929) His Glorious Night
His Glorious Night
(1929) The Kiss (1929) Anna Christie (1930) Redemption (1930) The Divorcee
The Divorcee
(1930) The Rogue Song
The Rogue Song
(1930) The Big House (1930) The Unholy Three (1930) Let Us Be Gay (1930) Billy the Kid (1930) Way for a Sailor
Way for a Sailor
(1930) A Lady's Morals (1930) Inspiration (1931) Trader Horn (1931) The Secret Six
The Secret Six
(1931) A Free Soul
A Free Soul
(1931) Just a Gigolo (1931) The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) The Guardsman (1931) The Champ (1931) Possessed (1931) Private Lives (1931) Mata Hari (1931) Freaks
(1932) Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) Grand Hotel (1932) Letty Lynton (1932) As You Desire Me (1932) Red-Headed Woman
Red-Headed Woman
(1932) Smilin' Through (1932) Red Dust (1932) Rasputin and the Empress
Rasputin and the Empress
(1932) Strange Interlude (1932) Tugboat Annie
Tugboat Annie
(1933) Bombshell (1933) Eskimo (1933) Riptide (1934) The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934) The Merry Widow (1934) What Every Woman Knows (1934) No More Ladies
No More Ladies
(1935) China Seas (1935) Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) A Night at the Opera (1935) Riffraff (1936) Romeo and Juliet (1936) Camille (1936) Maytime (1937) A Day at the Races (1937) Broadway Melody of 1938
Broadway Melody of 1938
(1937) The Good Earth (1937) Marie Antoinette (1938)


The Trap (1922)


Norma Shearer
Norma Shearer
(wife) Irving Thalberg, Jr. (son)


The Love of the