- 3 2017
Meet the Mob
So's Your Aunt Emma
Lindsley Parsons for Monogram
directed by Jean Yarbrough
starring Zasu Pitts, Roger Pryor, Warren Hymer, Douglas Fowley, Gwen Kenyon, Elizabeth Russell, Tristram Coffin, Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart, Stanley Blystone, Dick Elliott, Eleanor Counts, Jack Mulhall, Wheeler Oakman
screenplay by George Bricker, Edmond Kelso, based on the story Aunt Emma Paints the Town by Harry Hervey
To see boxer Mickey (Malcolm 'Bud' McTaggart), son of her former love,
also a boxer, fight in a tournament, Aunt Emma (Zasu Pitts) leaves her
rural home and goes on a trip to the big city. Soon she makes friends with
Terry (Roger Pryor), a sports reporter with aspirations to go into serious
journalism and to marry his swetheart Maris (Gwen Kenyon), whom he has
already stood up at the justice of peace once.
Mickey's fight though is rigged, and then, where there are boxers and
rigged fights, there are gangsters, and soon enough, Aunt Emma and Terry
become mixed up with rivalling gangsters Flower Henderson (Tristram
Coffins) and Gus Hammond (Douglas Fowley), a few murders happen, Mickey is
kidnapped and Aunt Emma is mistaken for notorious gangster Ma Parker.
Then Aunt Emma figures to free Mickey, it's actually a convenience to
be mistaken for Ma Parker, and after more shootings and kidnappings, Aunt
Emma and Terry actually manage to break Mickey free and have the gangsters
As a consequence, Terry gets his girl, and Aunt Emma gets Mickey, to
take home with her ...
Even if the synopsis might sound amusing, the film is not. Firstly, the
direction shows no feeling at all for comic timing, secondly most of the
gangster plot fails to produce laughs, and thirdly Zasu Pitts, while quite
amusing when she impersonates Ma Parker, is rather unfunny as little old
lady from the country ... and she is supposed to carry the picture.