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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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

The $5,000 Mr. Smith gets for his carburetor invention in 1911 would be the equivalent of about $130,000 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Ronnie drives up to the Smith mansion with his dog, the dog can be seen about to follow him out of the car. Ronnie calls the dog, and we see the dog sitting in the back seat as if he hadn't budged and then walking toward him. See more »

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Emma: [to Matilda] If you intend to work in the swell, smart families, you've got to learn to be deaf and blind. It isn't enough that you should just be dumb.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

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In My Merry Oldsmobile
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Played during the opening credits
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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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