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I Remember Mama (1948)

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The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oskar Homolka ...
Uncle Chris (as Oscar Homolka)
Philip Dorn ...
Mr. Hyde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Edgar Bergen ...
Dr. Johnson
Jessie Brown
Florence Bates ...
Florence Dana Moorhead
Peggy McIntyre ...
June Hedin ...
Steve Brown ...
Hope Landin ...
Edith Evanson ...
Aunt Sigrid


The life of a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco centers around Mama and her detailed, pennywise household budget. We follow the Hansens' small joys, sorrows, and aspirations, with the boisterous antics of Uncle Chris as counterpoint. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Drama | Family


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Release Date:

17 March 1948 (USA)  »

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George Stevens' Production of I Remember Mama  »

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$3,068,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Irene Dunne worked with dialect coach Judith Sater for two months to perfect her Norwegian accent. Dunne became so immersed in getting her character's voice down that she used the accent around her home with her family. See more »


When the aunts are sitting at the table drinking coffee, Jenny is on the right and Sigrid are on the left. After Jenny asks, "Where are the children?" and gets up, she and Sigrid have switched places. See more »


Dr. Johnson: I'll do the operation myself.
Uncle Chris Halverson: I'll watch.
Dr. Johnson: [exasperated] You will do no such thing, sir!
Uncle Chris Halverson: Always I watch operation. I'm the head of the family.
Dr. Johnson: I allow no-one to attend my operations!
Uncle Chris Halverson: Are so bad?
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Sovnen (Slumber)
Traditional Norweigan lullaby
Sung by Irene Dunne
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Affecting portrayal of family
10 January 2005 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This film beautifully--and honestly--captures the importance and dignity of family without ever resorting to platitudes or mawkish sentimentality (though there is quite a bit of very truthful and touching sentiment throughout). I am always particularly struck by the sensitive treatment of the climactic episode about the death of Uncle Chris: this truly is one of the best depictions of death in cinema, touching on all the anger, disappointment, humor, regret, etc., that are attendant on the experience of a family member's passing. The cinematography and lighting in this segment of the film are particularly striking, and the sequence is genuinely moving. "I Remember Mama" would be worth watching for this episode alone, but virtually every other element in the film is of the same high caliber.

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