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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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Plot Keywords:

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Features the only Oscar nominated performances of Oskar Homolka, Ellen Corby and Barbara Bel Geddes. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene all the characters are standing around the kitchen table. Nels has his shirt sleeves rolled up and with each cut the sleeves alternate in the way they're rolled. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Johnson: Are you a physician, sir?
Uncle Chris Halverson: I'm a better physician than most doctors!
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Connections

Featured in George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Sovnen (Slumber)
(uncredited)
Traditional Norweigan lullaby
Sung by Irene Dunne
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Just Superb
9 May 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

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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