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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

She makes you LAUGH, She makes you CRY, but always makes you HAPPY!

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

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)
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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: Stop calling me beautiful!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Myrna Loy (1961) See more »

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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One of my top five favorite movies EVER
30 October 2005 | by Sinatrafan103See all my reviews

I don't think that I could ever fully explain how wonderful this movie is, since it is just SOOO good. I caught it on Turner Classic Movies last year, and I've been dying to see it since then, but it isn't on DVD or VHS so I''m out of luck. (If anyone runs into a copy PLEASE post on IMDb!) The last post really covered the basic plot. Marie Dressler as Emma is the sweetest, most darling character to ever appear on the screen. She cares for these kids from when they are born to when they are in their twenties and thirties, loving them as if they were her own. Btw, you can catch Myrna Loy in an early non-exotic film role as one of the kids! Equally amazing is Jean Hersholt's performance as the dad. This is the only performance of his that I have ever seen, and anyone who wonders what the Hollywood humanitarian's acting talents looked like should definitely see this movie. It's very interesting that they give out an Academy award in his honor, but they don't have any of his films widely available.

If I could pick just five movies in the universe to recommend, this would undoubtedly be one of them. (Primrose Path w/ Ginger Rogers, The Man with the Golden arm w/Frank Sinatra, Easy Rider, and Stage Fright w/Jane Wyman would be the other four== and they were VERY hard to pick just five!!)

So next time it's on TV, make sure you watch it!


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