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Emma (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 2 January 1932 (USA)
After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father.

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District Attorney
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Haskins (as Purnell B. Pratt)
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Matilda
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Gypsy Smith
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Sue Smith
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Bill Smith
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Maid
Wilfred Noy ...
Drake - Butler
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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2 January 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emma die Stütze der Familie  »

Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$2,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did very well at the box office, earning MGM a profit of $898,000 ($15.82M in 2016) according to studio records. 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: You'll get your feet wet, and forget to change your socks.
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Connections

Featured in MGM: When the Lion Roars (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Merry Oldsmobile
(1905) (uncredited)
Music by Gus Edwards
Played during the opening credits
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a wonderful little film
2 March 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is just one of several films that make me wish Marie Dressler had lived to make more movies after the advent of sound movies. Her career was on the quick upswing when she died and every movie I saw her in was greatly improved by her performance.

This is a heart-wrenching movie about a lonely bachelor who marries the nanny who helped raise his kids. He incorrectly assumed that since she was like a member of the family that the kids would readily accept her. However, he soon dies after the wedding and the kids instead treat her horribly--especially when they find out the fortune was left to her. Watch it and be prepared to watch excellent acting and writing--there's just too little of it in most movies.


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