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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 »


Frank Borzage


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




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 ... Dowager
Ruth Rickaby ... Undetermined Secondary Role


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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Jeanette MacDonald and husband Gene Raymond in their only screen collaboration! Their eyes met...and they knew they were meant for each other! See more »


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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 5, 1942 with Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne and Gene Raymond reprising their film roles. See more »


The day of the week printed on the wedding invitation is Wednesday, but the date printed after it was actually a Sunday. See more »


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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Version of Smilin' Through (1932) See more »


(1898) (uncredited)
Music by Reginald De Koven
Lyrics by Rudyard Kipling
Played offscreen at the church in the first scene and sung by mezzo soprano
Nan Merriman, baritone Douglas Beattie and choir
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"Smilin' Through" with color and music
15 July 2013 | by dave-2395See all my reviews

"Smilin' Through" was the only film that Jeanette MacDonald made with her husband, Gene Raymond. He looked so similar to her usual co-star Nelson Eddy that they were often mistaken for one another. Raymond did play leading roles in many 1930s films, but was not a musical star like Nelson Eddy. This film, a remake of a 1932 B/W starring Norma Shearer but this time featuring MacDonald's glorious singing, is an intriguing melodrama in the best sense of the word, and it probably would have been more famous if it did not debut on December 7, 1941. The US movie-going public had other things on their minds that day (and for nearly four years to come). A lush color musical with pacifist overtones was not among them.

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October 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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