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So's Your Aunt Emma! (1942)

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

Director:

Jean Yarbrough

Writers:

George Bricker (screenplay), Edmond Kelso (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Zasu Pitts ... Aunt Emma Bates
Roger Pryor ... Terry
Warren Hymer ... Joe
Douglas Fowley ... Gus Hammond
Gwen Kenyon ... Maris
Elizabeth Russell ... Zelda
Tristram Coffin ... Flower Henderson
Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart ... Mickey O'Banion (as Bud McTaggart)
Stanley Blystone ... Detective Miller (as Stan Blystone)
Dick Elliott ... Evans
Eleanor Counts Eleanor Counts ... Gracie
Jack Mulhall ... Burns
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

ZaSu Steps Out And The Underworld Steps In! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aunt Emma Paints the Town See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. 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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Soundtracks

Here Comes the Bride
("The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1850)
Whistled by marriage license clerk.
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Pitts Outshines The Cluttered Plot
16 June 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

It's an eye-catching title, sure to get attention of wartime audiences looking for escape. Pitts' character Aunt Emma is an inventive comedic creation. On one hand, she's a sedate old maid ruled by two prim sisters; on the other, once outside their influence and taking up with newspaper reporter Terry (Pryor), she gains self-confidence and transforms subtly into an assertive mastermind. Too bad the clotted narrative crowds her transformative humor; that is, until the end when she gets needed showcase having mastered the street-tough lingo of that day. It's like Mother Hubbard sounding like Al Capone.

The supporting cast includes familiar faces, such as Fowley, Hymer, Elliot, and Coffin. But I especially glom onto Elizabeth Russell. With her cat-like eyes, once you see her you don't forget her, as the great Val Lewton knew when he cast her in a number of his classic horror films of the 40's, eg. Cat People (1942).

All in all, it's an unusual light-hearted crime flick that unfortunately piles on too much plot that the clever Pitts and her fluttery humor must compete with.


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