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Director:
Writers:
Frances Marion (story)
Leonard Praskins (adaptation)
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Release Date:
2 January 1932 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She makes you LAUGH, She makes you CRY, but always makes you HAPPY!
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful little "Gem" great Dressler! See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marie Dressler ... Emma
Richard Cromwell ... Ronnie

Jean Hersholt ... Mr. Smith

Myrna Loy ... Isabelle
John Miljan ... District Attorney
Purnell Pratt ... Haskins (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Leila Bennett ... Matilda
Barbara Kent ... Gypsy
Kathryn Crawford ... Sue
George Meeker ... Bill
Dale Fuller ... Maid
Wilfred Noy ... Drake
André Cheron ... Count Pierre (as Andre Cheron)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... George - the Second Butler (uncredited)
Wade Boteler ... Airport Official (uncredited)
George Cooper ... Airport 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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Runtime:
72 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

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:
Continuity: 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:[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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
In My Merry OldsmobileSee more »

FAQ

What have critics said?
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful little "Gem" great Dressler!, 10 February 2004
Author: olddiscs from Fords, NJ

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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