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I Remember Mama (1948)

 -  Drama | Family  -  17 March 1948 (USA)
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The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

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Cast

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

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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You'll just love...MAMA!

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Drama | Family

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount Pictures received 25% of the film's distribution gross because in 1947, it had bought Liberty Films, Inc., in which director George Stevens was part owner. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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)
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Traditional Norweigan lullaby
Sung by Irene Dunne
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A Delightful Combination of Humor, Drama, & Family Life
14 July 2004 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Often amusing, often contemplative, and always enjoyable, "I Remember Mama" is about as good as any movie ever made about family life. The writing, the cast, and the characters make relatively commonplace events seem significant and interesting, the episodic style works very well, and the story-telling is well done. Without anything that seems forced or unnatural, the movie covers just about every aspect of family life, and always has something worthwhile to say.

Irene Dunne heads up a fine cast, and she gives one of her many quality performances as "Mama". The supporting cast are all good as well, and they complement each other nicely. Oskar Homolka is especially worthy of note as Uncle Chris, the kind of character who seems to be found in so many families. The portrayals of the characters and the selection of situations in their lives are both so good that you feel very much a part of things, almost from the beginning.

Everything is nicely conceived and carefully crafted, and it is also a good example of the ideal way to adapt written material for the screen. Without adhering strictly to the original, it captures the feel and the themes of the original stories, showing with talking pictures what Kathryn Forbes had said so well with words.

Both the material itself and the style of the adaptation are delightful, and this is the kind of movie that takes much more skill to produce than may seem to be the case. While this kind of thoughtful, deliberately-paced film has unfortunately gone out of style at the present time, "I Remember Mama" is enduring, enjoyable, and worthwhile.


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