Smilin' Through

Smilin' Through

Director: Frank Borzage Cast: Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond


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Adapted from the warhorse stage tearjerker by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin, this 1941 film version of Smilin' Through is even hokier than two earlier movie adaptations, but it works beautifully thanks to the sensitive direction of Frank Borzage. Brian Aherne dominates the proceedings as the aged Sir John Carteret, who has lived in embittered seclusion since the tragic wedding-day death of his beloved fiancee Moonyean Clare. Upon the outbreak of WW2, Cateret's estate is visited by his orphaned American niece Kathleen (Jeanette MacDonald), who is the living image of the late Moonyean. Finding a new lease on life, Sir John hopes against hope to avert the romantic disasters of his past, but this proves difficult when it appears that the deadly rivalries which cost the life of Moonyean are poised to avail themselves once more. Costarring in the dual role of Moonyean's ex-lover Jeremy and Kathleen's current beau Kenneth is Gene Raymond, soon to become the husband of Jeanette MacDonald.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2011
UPC: 0883316381403
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 32,603

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeanette MacDonald Moonyean Clare
Brian Aherne Sir John Carteret
Gene Raymond Kenneth Wayne,Jeremy Wayne
Ian Hunter Rev. Owen Harding
Frances Robinson Ellen
Pat O'Moore Willie
Eric Lonsdale Charles (Batman)
Jackie Horner Kathleen, as a child
David Clyde Sexton
Frances Carson Dowager
Ruth Rickaby Woman
Wyndham Standing Doctor

Technical Credits
Frank Borzage Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
John L. Balderston Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Victor Saville Producer
Leonard Smith Cinematographer
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Donald Ogden Stewart Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Frank Sullivan Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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