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
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District Attorney
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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)  »

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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

After winning her Best Actress Academy Award in 1931 for "Min and Bill," Marie was nominated again the very next year for her role in this film; Emma. 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 »

Quotes

Emma: I was never so happy in my life, I never had anything like this. When people like we, well, grow old, we've had all the bad things in life and then when the good things come... they seem so much better.
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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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Beautiful little "Gem" great Dressler!
10 February 2004 | by (Fords,NJ) – See all my reviews

Saw this early am today 2/10/04 on TCM want to see again..sentimental, weepy yes but so well done, and a beautiful Oscar Nominated performance by Marie Dressler... have not seen this before was impressed good cast, Jean Hersholt (who has an award named after him I believe ?). a very young Myrna Loy, and Richard Cromwell as Ronnie... couldnt place hin, seen before, thanks to Imdb I was reminded that he played Julie (Jezebel) other boyfriend(Ted Dilliard) in the classic Bette Davis film Jezebel... Emma is a little gem, and Dressler more than deserved her Oscar nomination ..She was so funny in the airport scenes & the train station scene where she losses (amongst other things)her corset...and so moving in the final scenes...Watch again,, thanks TCM & Imdb for the info....


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