After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father.

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Emma
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Ronnie
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Mr. Smith
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Isabelle
John Miljan ...
District Attorney
Purnell Pratt ...
Haskins (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Leila Bennett ...
Matilda
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Gypsy
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Sue
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Bill
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Maid
Wilfred Noy ...
Drake
André Cheron ...
Count Pierre (as Andre Cheron)
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Storyline

When their mother dies in childbirth, Emma Thatcher who has been the nanny to his 3 children but now has an infant to care for. The children grow up and Frederick becomes rich and successful. He and Emma marry, as it turns out right before his death, and his will becomes a source of trouble between the children and Emma. Written by Rebecca Fennig <beckles@earthlink.com>

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She makes you LAUGH, She makes you CRY, but always makes you HAPPY!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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2 January 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emma die Stütze der Familie  »

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$350,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Myrna Loy's first film for MGM. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film as the young Bill and Dr. Horton are rushing up to the house, a clear, moving shadow of the boom microphone can be seen following them on the hedges on either side of the walkway. See more »

Quotes

Emma: I have a voice that only a deaf mother could love.
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Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) See more »

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Don't You Mind It Honey If the World Goes Wrong
(1901) (uncredited)
Written by Caro Roma
Played on the piano and sung by Marie Dressler
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Superb 30s melodrama
26 December 2002 | by (PA) – See all my reviews

This is one of the rare melodramas from 1930's MGM that is really not outdated as others. It is a funny, but genuinely touching story of a devoted housekeeper (Dressler) who marries her wealthy employer, which does not settle well with his grown children. Dressler is just perfect and the ending is so perfect and bittersweet.


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