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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."


Jean Yarbrough


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

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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>

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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 »


Action | Comedy | Crime


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Release Date:

17 April 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aunt Emma Paints the Town See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film in the New York City area occurred Monday 22 May 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television audiences got their first look at it in New York City Friday 13 August 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Cincinnati Monday 26 December 1949 on WKRC (Channel 11). 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?"
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Here Comes the Bride
("The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited)
Composed by Richard Wagner (1850)
Whistled by marriage license clerk.
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"I'm the big cheese in this rat trap"
28 December 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It helps enormously if you're a big fan of Zasu Pitts before you tune in to So's You're Aunt Emma. She's the whole show in this film or as she put it, the big cheese in this rat trap.

Fluttery spinster Pitts decides to take a trip to New York from her little town to see Bud McTaggart fight in a preliminary bout at the Garden. She was involved back in the day with his father and Bud could have been her kid.

But once Pitts hits the umbrella she constantly carries makes her mistaken for the notorious Ma Parker known to carry a rod in that umbrella and known to shoot fast and deadly. Pitts gets involved in a gang war with racketeers Tris Coffin and Douglas Fowley and she also helps reporter Roger Pryor who befriends her gain the scoop of the year.

I have to say Pitts is really especially after being schooled by Pryor she picks up all the gangster lingo.

So's Your Aunt Emma is funny in spots, but you'd better be a fan of Zasu Pitts.

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