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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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MAMA is on the screen - more lovable than ever! See more »


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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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Barbara Bel Geddes, Irene Dunne, and Oskar Homolka recreated their roles on the Lux Radio Theatre on August 30, 1948. 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 »


Martha 'Mama' Hanson: Being rich is like being ten feet tall. Good for some things, bad for others.
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Referenced in I Dismember Mama (1972) See more »


By Joe Darion, Billy Nalle, and Lou Singer
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7 Reasons Why This is A Special Film
15 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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