Smilin' Through (1922 film)

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Smilin' Through
Smilin' Through 1922.jpg
1922 music sheet with movie cover
Directed by Sidney Franklin
Produced by Norma Talmadge
Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Alan Langdon Martin (aka Jane Murfin and Jane Cowl) (original play)
James Ashmore Creelman (scenario)
Sidney Franklin (scenario)
Starring Norma Talmadge
Harrison Ford
Wyndham Standing
Music by silent
Cinematography J. Roy Hunt
Charles Rosher
Distributed by First National Pictures
Release date
February 13, 1922 (1922-02-13)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US/Canada)[1][2]

Smilin' Through is a 1922 silent film based on the 1919 play of the same name, written by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin (together under the pseudonym Alan Langdon Martin). The film starred Norma Talmadge, Harrison Ford, and Wyndham Standing. It was co-written and directed by Sidney Franklin, who also directed the more famous 1932 remake at MGM. The film was produced by Talmadge and her husband Joseph M. Schenck for her company, the Norma Talmadge Film Corporation. It was released by First National Pictures. Popular character actor Gene Lockhart made his screen debut in this film.[3][4]

The story is essentially the same as the popular Jane Cowl play, with Talmadge in the dual role of Kathleen and Moonyean. Kathleen, a young Irish woman, is in love with Kenneth Wayne but is prevented from marrying him by her guardian John Carteret. John is haunted by memories of his thwarted love for Kathleen's aunt, Moonyean.

The story was an especially popular one and was filmed twice more by MGM: in 1932 with Norma Shearer and 1941 with Jeanette MacDonald.



Mary Pickford praised Talmadge's performance and the film's sets, costumes, and entertaining story. "It deals with a subject which interests most women—that of spiritualism—which is so delicately and beautifully handled that it could offend no one," she described. It was one of her favorite films.[5]

DVD release[edit]

Smilin' Through was released on Region 0 DVD-R by Alpha Video on July 7, 2015.[6]

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