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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:
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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)

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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:
Continuity: When the aunts are sitting at the table drinking coffee, Jenny is on the right and Sigrid are on the left. After Jenny asks, "Where are the children?" and gets up, she and Sigrid have switched places.See more »
Quotes:
Martha 'Mama' Hanson:Being rich is like being ten feet tall. Good for some things, bad for others.See more »
Soundtrack:
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55 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
An amazing work of art., 14 September 2003
Author: (lrrap@live.com) from Whiting, Indiana

The more time passes and the more inundated we become with the raunchy, violent, frenetic world around us, the more amazing this film becomes. My wife and I (both in our early 50's) just watched "I Remember Mama" again and were both deeply moved by its lovingly crafted, richly detailed story telling. It is an absolutely unique film, and DESERVES to be preserved on DVD --NOW!

I can think of no better example of brilliant direction--George Stevens obviously loved the experience---the actors are uniformly brilliant, and the story, despite the fact that ALMOST NOTHING REALLY HAPPENS throughout the 137 minutes it takes to tell it, pulls you in from the very first frame and holds you in its magical spell until the camera slowly glides out of the window and up into the tranquil night sky as the words "The End" appear.

There is a scene late in the film when, once again, barely anything really happens: the young Barbara Bel Geddes receives a rejection notice for one of her short stories in the mail, and the family discovers an article in the newspaper about a famous authoress who happens to be in town. Most any other director would have presented this scene in a straightforward, literal way in order to advance the plot. But George Stevens constructs the most imaginative, intricate and brilliant way of filming this scene, with the characters all moving between three different rooms in the house, with Papa teaching his son Nils a lesson about the true art of pipe smoking, the sisters dashing about, and a window under repair that refuses to stay closed ---- I am sure that all of this sounds quite incoherent, but it is only one example of the director's amazing skill that makes this remarkably UNeventful film a totally engrossing experience. The family's house, in fact, feels like a miniature enchanted castle, sometimes bright and airy, other times warm and cozy, as the director continually moves his cast, camera (and US!) through it.

And then there is the almost heartbreaking tenderness of the scene where Papa (Philip Dorn in a most lovingly understated performance) decides that daughter Katherine is grown-up enough to have her first cup of coffee, while Roy Webb's underscore plays what sounds like a poignant, sentimental Norwegian folk tune...... and the scene on the porch of Uncle Chris's country home, shortly after his death----another example of understated dignity and beauty that, like the entire film, rings SO TRUE to life.

If you truly value the art of filmmaking, you owe it to yourself (and your family) to own this movie. Believe me, we will NEVER see anything like it again.

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