Review: ‘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.

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
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