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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.

Director:

Clarence Brown

Writers:

Frances Marion (story), Leonard Praskins (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Wilfred Noy ... Drake - Butler
André Cheron 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!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emma die Stütze der Familie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Monday 22 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Altoona PA 17 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), in Norfolk VA 15 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Chicago 2 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Philadelphia 20 May 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Phoenix 21 September 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), in New York City 6 October 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Tucson 4 March 1959 on KVOA (Channel 4), in both Honolulu and Grand Rapids 16 June 1959 on KHVH (Channel 4) and on WOOD (Channel 8), in Akron 16 August 1959 on WAKR (Channel 49), and in Salt Lake City 18 August 1959 on KTVT (Channel 4). 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: I have a voice that only a deaf mother could love.
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Soundtracks

Wiegenlied, Op. 49, No. 4 (Lullaby)
(1868) (uncredited)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Played when the children leave and at the end
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Beautiful little "Gem" great Dressler!
10 February 2004 | by olddiscsSee all my reviews

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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