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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.

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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car | gourmet | immigrant | love | 1910s | See All (74) »

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

Genres:

Drama | Family

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,068,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Irene Dunne worked with dialect coach Judith Sater for two months to perfect her Norwegian accent. Dunne became so immersed in getting her character's voice down that she used the accent around her home with her family. 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

Aunt Jenny: All this expense to watch a miserable old man die of the d.t.'s!
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Version of Mama (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

Sovnen (Slumber)
(uncredited)
Traditional Norweigan lullaby
Sung by Irene Dunne
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Great, just wonderful
8 June 2003 | by trpdeanSee 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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