8.3/10
3,903
60 user 16 critic

I Remember Mama (1948)

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

Director:

Writers:

(screen play), (based upon the play "I Remember Mama" adapted by) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Harvey Cheyne is a spoiled brat used to having his own way. When a prank goes wrong onboard an ocean liner Harvey ends up overboard and nearly drowns. Fortunately he's picked up by a ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Fleming
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Freddie Bartholomew, Lionel Barrymore
Little Women (1949)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Louisa May Alcott's autobiographical account of her life with her three sisters in Concord Mass in the 1860s. With their father fighting in the civil war, the sisters: Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien
Little Women (1933)
Drama | Family | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Little Women is a "coming of age" drama tracing the lives of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. During the American Civil War, the girls father is away serving as a minister to the troops... See full summary »

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Joan Bennett, Paul Lukas
Adventure | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The daughter of a wealthy businessman becomes lost in the city while traveling to a new school, and is taken in by a pair of down-on-their-luck performers.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Shirley Temple, Alice Faye, Gloria Stuart
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A girl is sent to live with her uncle on his estate when her parents die. There she discovers much intrigue, family history and secrets and personal baggage. In particular, a screaming child and...a secret garden.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Margaret O'Brien, Herbert Marshall, Dean Stockwell
The Yearling (1946)
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A boy persuades his parents to allow him to adopt a young deer, but what will happen if the deer misbehaves?

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman, Claude Jarman Jr.
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Priscilla Williams is a young girl traveling with her mother, Joyce, to join her paternal grandfather, a British army colonel, at the post he commands in northern India. Upon arrival, they ... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Shirley Temple, Victor McLaglen, C. Aubrey Smith
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Teenager Homer Macauley stays at home in small-town Ithaca to support his family, while his older brother Marcus prepares to go to war.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Frank Morgan, James Craig
Mama (1949–1957)
Comedy | Family | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

This well-received series was a drama-comedy about an immigrant family living in 1910s San Francisco.

Stars: Peggy Wood, Judson Laire, Rosemary Rice
Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

At the turn of the century in a Welsh mining village, the Morgans, he stern, she gentle, raise coal-mining sons and hope their youngest will find a better life.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Anna Lee
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two look-alike boys, one a poor street kid and the other a prince, exchange places to see what the other's life is like.

Directors: William Keighley, William Dieterle
Stars: Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, Henry Stephenson
Comedy | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In the year before the 1904 St Louis World's Fair, the four Smith daughters learn lessons of life and love, even as they prepare for a reluctant move to New York.

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Judy Garland, Margaret O'Brien, Mary Astor
Edit

Cast

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

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

You'll just love...MAMA! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| | |

Release Date:

17 March 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

George Stevens' Production of I Remember Mama  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$3,068,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Oskar Homolka was the only member of the Broadway cast to reprise his role. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, Katrin writes with her left hand. Later on, she is right-handed. See more »

Quotes

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Isn't She Great (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Sovnen (Slumber)
(uncredited)
Traditional Norweigan lullaby
Sung by Irene Dunne
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Self-sacrificing matriarch leads immigrant family to prosperity
21 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The timeless story of the sacrifices a mother makes to assure her family (especially her children) always have everything they need is a best selling novel, a charming Broadway Musical, and best-known as the star-studded 1948 movie classic.

Irene Dunne plays "Mama", the matriarch of a Norwegian immigrant family in early 1900's San Francisco. She and "Papa" are poor, but proud, raising several "American born" children. A repeated statement that they "won't have to go to the bank" eventually is revealed as a "white lie" told by Mama so the children wouldn't worry about the family's financial state. There really was no "bank".

The narrator is a teenage girl (wonderfully played by Barbara Bel Geddes), giving the viewer an insight into her extended family, often sharing funny moments, but also showing very touching scenes. A young Ellen Corby ("Grandma Walton") is wonderful as Aunt Trina, who is not taken seriously by her relatives, but gains respect when she is courted and wed by a man who loves and treats her well.

The film introduces each family member individually, then describes the person, until the viewer seems "at home", knowing everyone well. The film climaxes with the lead character (Bel Geddes) reading the introduction to her first published book ("I Remember Mama"). -- This film is a delight to watch from beginning to end. Be sure to keep a box of Kleenex within reach! This film has my highest recommendation!


17 of 20 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Dagmar's surgery Geechee
Silly Hospital Rule Blondfashionisto
Marlon Brando! magenta1000
Were they ad libbing? The_Moose_From_Kansas
3 million dollars roledquist
The Night the Animals Talked danwhite225
Discuss I Remember Mama (1948) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?