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.

Smilin' Through
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank Borzage
Produced byFrank Borzage
Victor Saville
Written byDonald Ogden Stewart
John L. Balderston
Based onSmilin' Through
1919 play
by Jane Cowl and Jane Murfin
StarringJeanette MacDonald
Brian Aherne
Gene Raymond
Ian Hunter
Music byHerbert Stothart (background music)
CinematographyLeonard Smith
Edited byFrank Sullivan
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
October 1941 (1941-10)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$868,000 (Domestic earnings)[1]
$1,536,000 (Foreign earnings)[1]

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

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).



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

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