Smilin' Through
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Smilin' Through
Director Sidney Franklin originally adapted Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl's play Smilin' Through for the silver screen in a 1922 silent film starring Norma Talmadge and (the other) Harrison Ford. Remaking his own film, Franklin directed Norma Shearer in this 1932 talkie. Leslie Howard plays John Carteret, an old man whose fiancée (Shearer) was killed on their wedding day by her jilted former suitor (Fredric March). Years later, Carteret is forced to take care of his orphaned niece Kathleen (also Shearer), who looks exactly like his his former betrothed. The niece soon falls in love with… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It is a beautiful production, too immaculate, if anything, in its scenes of the past."
‑ Mordaunt Hall, New York Times
"It shows off the weaknesses of its leads; it stews in rank sentimentality; and it suffers from an uneven tone and attention-killing pacing problems."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"In interpretation, in acting and in the fine presentation of all its poetically romantic qualities, this version is a worthy successor to the earlier transcription."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Lovely, simply lovely."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
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