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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Release Date:

17 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

George Stevens' Production of I Remember Mama  »

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$3,068,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Peter Thorkelson", a character's name in this film, is the real name of Monkee Peter Tork. See more »


In the shots of the uncle's trip to San Francisco, as the ferry is pulling into the dock, the Oakland Bay Bridge is seen in the background. This bridge was not built until 1933, yet this movie is set circa 1910. See more »


Katrin Hanson: [reading the novel that she's just finished] "For long as I could remember, the house on the Larkin Street Hill had been home. Papa and Mama had both born in Norway but they came to San Francisco because Mama's sisters were here, all of us were born here. Nels, the oldest and the only boy, my sister Christine and the littlest sister Dagmar but first and foremost I remember Mama".
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Referenced in The Nanny: I Don't Remember Mama (1994) See more »


Sovnen (Slumber)
Traditional Norweigan lullaby
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29 August 2004 | by (tyne & wear , England) – See all my reviews

When I was a child I was taken to see this film and throughout my life my mother would often say "its good we do not have to go to the bank"and we always laughed about it. One Saturday afternoon in 1984 I saw the film was to be shown on T.V.I was going to go to my mothers house to tell her but couldn't be bothered as I had other things to do.Later that day I received a phone call to say she had a heart attack and a few hours afterwards died.I am now 61 years old and 8 weeks ago joined a writing course.Everyone was asked what inspired them to write.The others came up with lots of things but all I told them was this tale and most of all "I remember Mama" and I was in tears. It is the most beautiful film I have ever seen.It was funny, sad and the acting was absolutely brilliant.I wish they made films like that today.

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