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I Remember Mama -- Irene Dunne stars in this moving family drama about a family of Norwegian immigrants who face the trials of life in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.


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DeWitt Bodeen (screen play)
John Van Druten (based upon the play "I Remember Mama" adapted by)
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Release Date:
17 March 1948 (USA) See more »
You'll just love...MAMA! See more »
The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Irene Dunne ... Mama

Barbara Bel Geddes ... Katrin
Oskar Homolka ... Uncle Chris (as Oscar Homolka)
Philip Dorn ... Papa

Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Hyde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Edgar Bergen ... Mr. Thorkelson

Rudy Vallee ... Dr. Johnson

Barbara O'Neil ... Jessie Brown
Florence Bates ... Florence Dana Moorhead
Peggy McIntyre ... Christine
June Hedin ... Dagmar
Steve Brown ... Nels

Ellen Corby ... Aunt Trina
Hope Landin ... Aunt Jenny
Edith Evanson ... Aunt Sigrid
Tommy Ivo ... Cousin Arne
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ... Minister (uncredited)
George Atkinson ... Postman (uncredited)
Lela Bliss ... Head Nurse (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ... Nurse (uncredited)
Art Dupuis ... Conductor (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Man (uncredited)
Lou Hicks ... Conductor (uncredited)
Gene Holland ... Boy (uncredited)
Howard Keiser ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Alice Kerbert ... Girl (uncredited)
Peggy Kerbert ... Girl (uncredited)
Peggy McKim ... Girl (uncredited)
Constance Purdy ... Fat Night Nurse (uncredited)
Cleo Ridgely ... Schoolteacher (uncredited)
Ruth Tobey ... Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
George Stevens 
Writing credits
DeWitt Bodeen (screen play)

John Van Druten (based upon the play "I Remember Mama" adapted by)

Kathryn Forbes (novel "Mama's Bank Account")

Produced by
Harriet Parsons .... producer
George Stevens .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Robert Swink (film editor)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Gile Steele (costumes: men)
Edward Stevenson (costumes: women)
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Hazel Rogers .... hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Hollingsworth Morse .... assistant director (as John H. Morse)
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Richard Van Hessen .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Kenneth Peach .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Bentley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ralph Clement .... grip (uncredited)
Gaston Longet .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Tholen Gladden .... associate editor
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Ivan Moffat .... executive assistant
Dore Schary .... presenter
John Van Druten .... based upon the play "I Remember Mama" directed by
Richard Kinon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"George Stevens' Production of I Remember Mama" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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134 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1948) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12511)

Did You Know?

The previous play was produced on Broadway by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The film's producers purchased the rights for $2500 for each week of the play's run, up to $150,000, on the condition that the film would not be made until the play closed. The stage version ended up running for nearly two years. The original Broadway production opened on October 19, 1944 at the Music Box Theater and ran for 713 performances with a cast that included Marlon Brando in his Broadway debut.See more »
Continuity: When Dagmar comes home from the hospital and is holding Uncle Elizabeth and takes the blanket from his face he has no bandages on his face but when he jumps from her arms we see several.See more »
Aunt Jenny:All this expense to watch a miserable old man die of the d.t.'s!See more »
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Listen to the MockingbirdSee more »


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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Just Superb, 9 May 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Funny, warm movie about Norwegian family in San Francisco before WW I. How Irene Dunne lost the Oscar to Jane Wyman (Johnny Belinda) is a mystery. Dunne is so totally wonderful in this film--and what a film. Beautifully directed by George Stevens, he captures all the humor and life of this family. Stevens also uses techniques like fore- and background action--there's always several things going on in every scene. He also uses overlapping dialog 20 years before Robert Altman made it fashionable. And what a perfect cast. Irene Dunne (maybe her best performance ever) stars with Barbara Bel Geddes, Oscar Homolka, and Ellen Corby (heartbreaking yet funny as Trina)--all Oscar nominated. Then there is Philip Dorn, Edgar Bergen, Rudy Vallee, Hope Landin, Edith Evanson, Barbara O'Neil, Florence Bates, Cedric Hardwicke, and Steve Brown. The novel by Kathryn Forbes spawned this movie, a play, a TV series, and finally a Broadway musical. At one point Greta Garbo was considered as Mama, and even Marlene Dietrich sought the role. Thank goodness they gave it to Irene Dunne! The aunts as played by Corby, Landin, and Evanson are wonderful. And oh BTW, Homolka lost to Walter Huston for The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, while Corby and Bel Geddes lost to Claire Trevor for Key Largo.

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