Smilin’ Through

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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned but perennial romantic role.

With:
Norma Shearer Fredric March Leslie Howard O. P. Heggie Ralph Forbes

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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned but perennial romantic role.

Story is about as sentimetal as it could be without spilling over, and the literary trick of casting the dialog in the love scenes in the patter of the day serves to emphasize by its very nonchalance the depth of the feeling it thus indirectly conveys.

The cutting has not been done as expertly as the other details. Many sequences are a bit overdone, for no good reason save that of pictorial effect and the episode of the tragic wedding is held a fatal instant too long.

1932/33: Nomination: Best Picture

Smilin' Through

Production: M-G-M. Director Sidney Franklin; Screenplay Ernest Vajda, James Bernard Fagan; Camera Lee Garmes; Editor Margaret Booth; Music William Axt

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 96 MIN.

With: Norma Shearer Fredric March Leslie Howard O. P. Heggie Ralph Forbes

More Film

  • In 'That Summer,' the Stars of

    In 'That Summer,' the Stars of 'Grey Gardens' Look More Unhinged Than Ever

    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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned […]

  • Alice Eve's Comedy 'Bees Make Honey'

    Film News Roundup: Alice Eve's Comedy 'Bees Make Honey' Set for July Release

    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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned […]

  • China Appoints Wang Xiaohui as Film

    China Appoints Wang Xiaohui as Film Bureau Chief

    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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned […]

  • Morgan Freeman Sexual Harassment

    Morgan Freeman Pulled From Visa Marketing After Harassment Allegations

    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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned […]

  • Boba Fett movie

    ‘Star Wars:’ A Boba Fett Movie Is in the Works

    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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Hollywood Reacts to Impending Harvey Weinstein Arrest: 'It's Been a Long Time Coming'

    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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned […]

  • 'Sofia' Review

    Cannes Film Review: 'Sofia'

    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, first the stage play by Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl, the 1922 silent screenplay with Norma Talmadge, and now with Norma Shearer, who reveals a fine feeling for this old-fashioned […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content