Smilin' Through (1941 film)

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Smilin' Through
Smilin' Through poster 1941.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Frank Borzage
Produced by Frank Borzage
Victor Saville
Written by Donald Ogden Stewart
John L. Balderston
Starring Jeanette MacDonald
Brian Aherne
Gene Raymond
Ian Hunter
Music by Herbert Stothart (background music)
Cinematography Leonard Smith
Edited by Frank Sullivan
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
October 1941 (1941-10)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,105,000[1]
Box office $868,000 (Domestic earnings)[1]
$1,536,000 (Foreign earnings)[1]

Smilin' Through is a 1941 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.

The plot remained essentially the same as in the play and previous film versions. Kathleen is a young Irish woman in love with an American, Kenneth Wayne. The romance, however, is opposed by her adopted father John Carteret, 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.


  1. ^ a b c Turk, Edward Baron "Hollywood Diva: A Biography of Jeanette MacDonald" (University of California Press, 1998)

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