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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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immigrant | 1910s | love | boarder | petty cash | See more »

Taglines:

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)  »

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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

In order to physically submerse herself in the role of Mama, Irene Dunne wore no make up and used body padding to make herself appear heavier. 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.
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Connections

Referenced in Enfant Terrible: A Conversation with Patty McCormack (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Whistled by Barbara Bel Geddes
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They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore!!!! - Pity.
30 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Thirty years before Barbara Bel Geddes would achieve international renown for being "Miss Ellie", the dastardly J.R Ewing's mother on the queen of trashy nighttime soaps "Dallas", and nearly ten years AFTER Barbara O'Neal became a legend playing Scarlett O'Hara's mother in "Gone With The Wind", they got together and made this truly moving picture with Irene Dunne. You would think it was some little low-budget flick; it's got that feel to it. Who would've thought it cost three million dollars to make! Anyway, I'm a dude, see, and I'm not much into the melodramas and tear-jerkers though i do love old movies, but, one night when I couldn't sleep I caught this on TCM or AMC and decided to watch it. I was SURE it was going to be some boring old flick that would help me fall sleep. BOY WAS I WRONG! After 10 minutes, yo, I was hooked! (It's almost EMBARRASSING but oh, well). You find yourself loving each and every one of these characters - Mama is a priceless pearl (we need ten million like her in this day and age), the kids, Papa, the spinster aunt who gets married, the feisty older aunt who was bossy, Katryn is a doll baby who you want to just marry and take home to Mama, and as for Uncle Chris and Miss Jessie (Barbara O'Neal's character), oh, they did it for me. When Uncle Chris went...boy, it was hard to keep that facewater from flowing! That's GOT to be one of the best death scenes in movies! You felt like you were there. Check it out, this is a movie about real folks living real life without all of the sentimental garbage. You get real family emotion here! Can you dig it? Of course you can!


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