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Emma (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  2 January 1932 (USA)
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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
Richard Cromwell ...
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
Kathryn Crawford ...
Sue
George Meeker ...
Bill
Dale Fuller ...
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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Release Date:

2 January 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emma die Stütze der Familie  »

Box Office

Budget:

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

Aspect Ratio:

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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Soundtracks

In My Merry Oldsmobile
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
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One of my top five favorite movies EVER
30 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I don't think that I could ever fully explain how wonderful this movie is, since it is just SOOO good. I caught it on Turner Classic Movies last year, and I've been dying to see it since then, but it isn't on DVD or VHS so I''m out of luck. (If anyone runs into a copy PLEASE post on IMDb!) The last post really covered the basic plot. Marie Dressler as Emma is the sweetest, most darling character to ever appear on the screen. She cares for these kids from when they are born to when they are in their twenties and thirties, loving them as if they were her own. Btw, you can catch Myrna Loy in an early non-exotic film role as one of the kids! Equally amazing is Jean Hersholt's performance as the dad. This is the only performance of his that I have ever seen, and anyone who wonders what the Hollywood humanitarian's acting talents looked like should definitely see this movie. It's very interesting that they give out an Academy award in his honor, but they don't have any of his films widely available.

If I could pick just five movies in the universe to recommend, this would undoubtedly be one of them. (Primrose Path w/ Ginger Rogers, The Man with the Golden arm w/Frank Sinatra, Easy Rider, and Stage Fright w/Jane Wyman would be the other four== and they were VERY hard to pick just five!!)

So next time it's on TV, make sure you watch it!


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