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Director:
Writers:
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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
You'll just love...MAMA!
Plot:
The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
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Podcast: Mother's Day Special
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Self-sacrificing matriarch leads immigrant family to prosperity See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (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)
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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)
 
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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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Runtime:
134 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:S | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1948) | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #12511)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Paramount Pictures received 25% of the film's distribution gross because in 1947, it had bought Liberty Films, Inc., in which director George Stevens was part owner.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At the beginning of the film, Katrin writes with her left hand. Later on, she is right-handed.See more »
Quotes:
Martha 'Mama' Hanson:Being rich is like being ten feet tall. Good for some things, bad for others.See more »
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Soundtrack:
MamaSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Self-sacrificing matriarch leads immigrant family to prosperity, 21 May 2005
Author: mdm-11 from United States

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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