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So's Your Aunt Emma! (1942)

Passed  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  17 April 1942 (USA)
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A dizzy old spinster gets involved in the boxing racket and gangland murders as is falsely accused of being notorious murderer "Ma {arker."

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Gwen Kenyon ...
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Elizabeth Russell ...
Zelda
Tristram Coffin ...
Flower Henderson
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ...
Mickey O'Banion (as Bud McTaggart)
Stanley Blystone ...
Detective Miller (as Stan Blystone)
Dick Elliott ...
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Aunt Emma Bates (Zasu Pitts), a spinster, visits the "Big Town" to see a boxing match participated in by Mickey O'Banion (Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart), son of Emma's old fiancé who was himself a boxing champion. At the arena Emma sits next to Terry (Roger Pryor), a reporter who is trying to track down Rex Crenshaw (Irving Mitchell), lawyer for gangster "Flower" Henderson (Tristram Coffin), who has been kidnapped by rival gang-leader Gus Hammond (Douglas Fowley), and manager of Mickey. After the fight Emma is mistaken for a notorious gun-woman named Ma Parker, and suspected by Hammond's henchmen of working in the interests of Henderson. Mickey is shot during an altercation at Henderson's nightclub and is later kidnapped from the hospital by his manager's men and taken to an East Side outlaw. Emma, in an effort to free Mickey, and with the aid of Maris (Gwen Kenyon), Terry's fiancée, decides to pose as Ma Parker. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Every day is April Fool's Day when the guys and dolls of gangland mistake Aunt Emma for a gun moll from Missouri! (original print ad) See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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17 April 1942 (USA)  »

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Aunt Emma Paints the Town  »

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The real Kate Barker ("Ma" Barker) was killed in 1935. See more »

Quotes

Aunt Emma Bates: [to Maris] You're awful sober to be a reporter, aren't you?
Terry: You go to the movies too, hunh?
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I Can't Get You Out of My Mind
by Harry Tobias and Edward J. Kay (as Edward Kay)
Performed by Gwen Kenyon
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Good Fun For Zasu Fans
22 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

More and more lately, I've been seeing films made during the 30s and 40s by the poverty row studios that I find to be competently made and enjoyable, and this one is no exception. Zasu Pitts really shines as Aunt Emma, who befriends the boxer son of her former boxer beau. There are a good bunch of character actors which you will recognize like Warren Hymer and Dick Elliot (The mayor in the early "Andy Griffith Show".) But this is Zasu's show all the way as she battles gangsters and stuffy sisters. Monogram made this and you will recognize the music over the main titles as the same heard in "Let's Go Collegiate" and "Freckles Comes Home". This seems to be an unofficial theme song for the Monogram comedies of the period. I saw this streaming on YouTube complete in one download, and the quality was good, with none of the audio going out of sync as I have seen in some longer YouTube videos. If you are a fan of Zasu Pitts, you will enjoy this entertaining trifle which runs for barely over one hour.


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