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I Remember Mama (1948)

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

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Cast

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Uncle Chris (as Oscar Homolka)
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Mr. Hyde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Dr. Johnson
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Jessie Brown
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Florence Dana Moorhead
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Christine
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Dagmar
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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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MAMA is on the screen - more lovable than ever! See more »

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Drama | Family

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Approved | See all certifications »

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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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Trivia

Despite garnering the best reviews of any RKO film released in years, the movie failed to turn a profit due to its high production cost ($3.068 million). It spawned a long-running CBS TV series that ran from 1949-57. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Aunt Jenny: All this expense to watch a miserable old man die of the d.t.'s!
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Soundtracks

Sovnen (Slumber)
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Traditional Norweigan lullaby
Sung by Irene Dunne
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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!


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