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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
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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 »
At the beginning of the film, Katrin writes with her left hand. Later on, she is right-handed. See more »
Martha 'Mama' Hanson:
[heaving a sigh of relief after doing the weekly household account]
It's good - we do not have to go to the bank.
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Seven reasons why this has always been one of my all-time favorite films:
1) A movie filled with nice, ordinary people you can relate to.
2) The sweetness of Barbara Bel Geddes and her character. She narrates throughout and this story is as much hers as it is "Mama's."
3) The great facial closeups and general cinematography, directed by one of the all-time best, George Stevens.
4) Oscar Homolka's performance as the gruff-but-kindhearted "Uncle Chris"
5) An amazing supporting cast which help make this film so memorable: Ellen Corby, Philip Dorn, Edgar Bergen, Cedric Hardwicke, Hope Landin, Peggy McIntyre, Florence Bates, Steve Brown, Rudy Valley, Tommy Ivo, etc.
6) Some important life lessons in here for all viewers.
7) Nice touches of sentimentality, with the hard-working devoted mother (played stoically-yet-warmly by Irene Dunne) getting her due in the end.
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