12 user

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."


Jean Yarbrough


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




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


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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 »


Action | Comedy | Crime


Passed | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


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


Terry: [to the ticket seller at the arena] I see you're positively psychic, Mac. Why don't you get yourself a crystal ball and call yourself "Madame Knowsall?"
See more »


Here Comes the Bride
("The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1850)
Whistled by marriage license clerk.
See more »

User Reviews

Terrible ordeal to sit through
28 October 2019 | by mrdonleoneSee all my reviews

There is little pleasure I would be getting to ever see this boring junk again. It had nothing to say, went extremely slowly against all expectations and Zasu Pitts disappointed me as the leading lady. The whole thing was just a boring completion of nonsense. Glad I forgotten this junk as much as possible, don't remind me!!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






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 »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

We've Got Your Streaming Picks Covered

Looking for some great streaming picks? Check out some of the IMDb editors' favorites movies and shows to round out your Watchlist.

Visit our What to Watch page

Recently Viewed