Smilin' Through (1941)


Smilin' Through (1941)

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.
IMDb  6.5 /10
Director Frank Borzage
Writer Donald Ogden Stewart
Writer John L. Balderston
Writer Jane Cowl
Writer Jane Murfin
Writer Ernest Vajda
Writer Claudine West
Release Date1942-04-06
Runtime1h 40mins
GenreMusical, War, Fantasy, Romance
Content RatingPassed (Passed)
CompanyMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Kathleen / Moonyean Clare
Sir John Carteret
Kenneth 'Ken' Wayne / Jeremy 'Jerry' Wayne
Reverend Owen Harding
Eric Lonsdale
Eric Lonsdale
Charles - Kenneth's Batman
Jackie Horner
Jackie Horner
Kathleen - as a Child
Ruth Rickaby
Ruth Rickaby
Undetermined Secondary Role

Smilin' Through (1941 film)

Smilin' Through is a 1941 Technicolor MGM musical film based on the 1919 play of the same name by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin.

The film was a remake of a previous 1932 version by MGM and was the third and final film version of the play. It starred Jeanette MacDonald, Brian Aherne, Gene Raymond, and Ian Hunter. It was filmed in Technicolor and was remade as a musical for MacDonald with several older songs interpolated into the story.

Plot summary

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The plot remained essentially the same as in the play and previous film versions. Kathleen (Jeanette MacDonald) is a young Irish woman in love with an American, Kenneth Wayne (Gene Raymond). The romance, however, is opposed by her adopted father John Carteret (Brian Aherne), who recalls the painful memory of his tragically thwarted love for Kathleen's aunt, Moonyean Clare (the roles of Kathleen and Moonyean are both played by MacDonald).


  • Jeanette MacDonald as Kathleen / Moonyean Clare
  • Brian Aherne as Sir John Carteret
  • Gene Raymond as Kenneth 'Ken' Wayne / Jeremy 'Jerry' Wayne
  • Ian Hunter as Reverend Owen Harding
  • Frances Robinson as Ellen
  • Patrick O'Moore as Willie
  • Eric Lonsdale as Charles, Kenneth's Batman
  • Jackie Horner as Kathleen, as a Child
  • David Clyde as Sexton
  • Frances Carson as Dowager
  • Ruth Rickaby as Woman