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I Remember Mama (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 17 March 1948 (USA)
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The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

DeWitt Bodeen (screen play), John Van Druten (based upon the play "I Remember Mama" adapted by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Peggy McIntyre ... Christine
June Hedin June Hedin ... Dagmar
Steve Brown Steve Brown ... Nels
Ellen Corby ... Aunt Trina
Hope Landin ... Aunt Jenny
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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Taglines:

MAMA is on the screen - more lovable than ever! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Producer Harriet Parsons initially brought in director George Cukor, hoping he could persuade Greta Garbo to come out of retirement. Marlene Dietrich sought the lead role, but was regarded as not maternal enough. Parsons then tried to cast recent Oscar-winner Katina Paxinou, even considering changing the family's origins to Greek. When RKO took over the project, Irene Dunne was cast, and she recommended George Stevens as director. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dr. Johnson: I'll do the operation myself.
Uncle Chris Halverson: I'll watch.
Dr. Johnson: [exasperated] You will do no such thing, sir!
Uncle Chris Halverson: Always I watch operation. I'm the head of the family.
Dr. Johnson: I allow no-one to attend my operations!
Uncle Chris Halverson: Are so bad?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Sovnen (Slumber)
(uncredited)
Traditional Norweigan lullaby
Sung by Irene Dunne
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So much warmth
20 December 1998 | by ant beeSee all my reviews

I finally sat down and watched this movie completely this morning and was completely astounded by the greatness of it.

I knew it was a good movie, but it was one of those movies I always thought was too good to be true, too sweet, too goody-goody.

Boy, was I wrong. It was a little bit of history, it was every family rolled into one movie.

I could identify with almost every scene in the movie and not because of the era but because of the feelings it provoked. There was so much warmth, so much hope and yet it wasn't the "perfect" family, it was just people living life on life's terms.

I'm so glad I finally took the time to watch "I Remember Mama"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Norwegian | Latin | French

Release Date:

17 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George Stevens' Production of I Remember Mama See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

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Budget:

$3,068,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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