Screen Test of Time, Ep. 25: Smilin' Through
Screen Test of Time is a podcast where Suzan Eraslan and David Daw set out to watch every movie ever nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, in order, from the first awards season to, eventually, the present day. Each week, they watch and review a different movie, and when they've watched everything nominated in a particular year, they tell you whether the Oscar went to the right one!
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Our hosts start off the 1932/1933 Academy Awards with Smilin' Through. Norma Shearer, short shrifted in The Divorcee as a glamorous doormat, finally gets her due in the role of spitfire Kathleen, and co-stars Frederic March and Leslie Howard match her stellar performance. But does this befuddling blend of gothic horror, WWI movie, Dickensian intergenerational family drama, and light hearted romantic comedy ever really find its feet? And the more pertinent question: do our hosts recover from the genre switching whiplash?
Year Eligible: 1932/1933 (Nominated)
Intro and Outro Audio from Smilin' Through (1932)