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Frances Marion (story)
Leonard Praskins (adaptation)
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Release Date:
2 January 1932 (USA) See more »
She makes you LAUGH, She makes you CRY, but always makes you HAPPY!
After decades of raising the motherless Smith children, housekeeper Emma Thatcher is faced with resentment when she marries their father. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Dressler's finest film performance See more (24 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marie Dressler ... Emma Thatcher

Richard Cromwell ... Ronald 'Ronnie' Smith

Jean Hersholt ... Mr. Frederick Smith

Myrna Loy ... Countess Isabelle

John Miljan ... District Attorney

Purnell Pratt ... Haskins (as Purnell B. Pratt)

Leila Bennett ... Matilda

Barbara Kent ... Gypsy Smith

Kathryn Crawford ... Sue Smith

George Meeker ... Bill Smith

Dale Fuller ... Maid
Wilfred Noy ... Drake - Butler
André Cheron ... Count Pierre (as Andre Cheron)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... George - Second Butler (uncredited)

Wade Boteler ... Airport Official (uncredited)

George Cooper ... Airfield Mechanic (uncredited)

Edith Fellows ... Gypsy as a Child (uncredited)

Clarence Geldart ... Trial Judge (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Magazine and Candy Clerk (uncredited)

Edward Hearn ... Haskins' Assistant (uncredited)

John Larkin ... Train Station Porter (uncredited)

Edward LeSaint ... Druggist at Trial (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Man at Railway Station Who Retrieves Emma's Corset (uncredited)

Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Winthrop (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Railroad Ticket Agent (uncredited)

Anne Shirley ... Isabelle as a Child (uncredited)
Joan Standing ... Employment Agency Clerk (uncredited)
Walter Walker ... Dr. Horton (uncredited)
Jay Ward ... Bill as a Child (uncredited)

Directed by
Clarence Brown 
Writing credits
Frances Marion (story)

Leonard Praskins (adaptation and dialogue)

Zelda Sears (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Clarence Brown .... producer (uncredited)
Harry Rapf .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Oliver T. Marsh (photographed by)
Film Editing by
William LeVanway (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Samuel Cohen .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Fitzgerald .... second camera operator (uncredited)
S.C. Manatt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... assistant camera (uncredited)
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72 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Myrna Loy's first film for MGM.See more »
Boom mic visible: 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 »
Emma:Stop calling me beautiful!See more »
Movie Connections:
Don't You Mind It Honey If the World Goes WrongSee more »


What have critics said?
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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Dressler's finest film performance, 11 June 2001

This is the one that should have netted Marie Dressler the best actress Oscar, not the year prior's MIN AND BILL. EMMA is a far more complex character and she is able to show a full range of emotion in this teary tale of a devoted housekeeper who marries her employer, only to have three of his spoiled brat children turn against her when he dies. She should have drowned this bunch. She is quite superb throughout. Odd though in that if she raised them, how did they turn out to be such b*****ds???? Dressler earned a most deserved Best Actress nom. The excellent cinematography should also have been recognized by the Academy. This one is a must-see.

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