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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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Uncle Chris (as Oscar Homolka)
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Mr. Hyde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Mr. Thorkelson
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Jessie Brown
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Florence Dana Moorhead
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Dagmar
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Edith Evanson ...
Aunt Sigrid
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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! See more »

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Drama | Family

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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

Greta Garbo turned down the role of Martha around the same time she also rejected the lead in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947). She is reputed to have commented, "No murderesses, no mamas." See more »

Goofs

In the shots of the uncle's trip to San Francisco, as the ferry is pulling into the dock, the Oakland Bay Bridge is seen in the background. This bridge was not built until 1933, yet this movie is set circa 1910. See more »

Quotes

Martha 'Mama' Hanson: Being rich is like being ten feet tall. Good for some things, bad for others.
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Connections

Referenced in George Stevens: The Filmmakers Who Knew Him (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Listen to the Mockingbird
(1855) (uncredited)
Music by Richard Milburn
Whistled by Barbara Bel Geddes
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Great, just wonderful
8 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This is a classic. The title alone always caused me to not look it up - afraid that it was full of overdone accents and bathos. So, it was laziness, rather than anticipation that caused me not to turn to a different channel when it just came on television.

This is a profound movie - and not because every character is so good or lovable (as I expected). They aren't. However, it has so many truthful moments about families, so much warmth - and so much is going on at any given time that your interest is held very strongly. I was amazed to find tears coming down my face - that just doesn't happen when I watch movies. You're bound to be thinking of your own family growing up.

I can see why the book was celebrated, the play ran forever and this movie was nominated for so many awards. There's no question the play would run forever today - it contains too many moments of truth about family relations for people not to be telling their friends "It's really good - really".

Do see it - it's WAY better than you think - you'll be very moved.


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