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I Remember Mama
     

I Remember Mama

4.8 6
Director: George Stevens

Cast: Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oscar Homolka

 

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George Stevens's charming film version of Kathryn Forbes' collection of short stories entitled Mama's Bank Account features Irene Dunne as Mama in one of her finest and most ingratiating performances. The film is narrated by Mama's daughter Katrin (Barbara Bel Geddes), recalling the trials and tribulations of her family in turn-of-the-century San Francisco.

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George Stevens's charming film version of Kathryn Forbes' collection of short stories entitled Mama's Bank Account features Irene Dunne as Mama in one of her finest and most ingratiating performances. The film is narrated by Mama's daughter Katrin (Barbara Bel Geddes), recalling the trials and tribulations of her family in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. Mama tries to keep her house in order and her family on their toes as a motley assortment of eccentric relatives, boarders, and friends -- including Uncle Chris (Oscar Homolka), Mr. Hyde (Cedric Hardwicke), Dr. Johnson (Rudy Vallee), Mr. Thorkelson (Edgar Bergen) -- weave in and out of their lives.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
I Remember Mama is the type of film that people mean when they talk about how Hollywood made "Family Values" films back in the good old days. Director George Stevens was occasionally taken to sentimentality in even his most dramatic films, and here, if no different, it is at least more appropriate. The film is impeccably cast, particular Irene Dunne and Barbara Bel Geddes as the title matriarch and her daughter. Interestingly, Bel Geddes would go on to portray one of American culture's most indomitable matriarchs on the long-running television series Dallas. This is another excellent example of how films centered on women became increasingly important in the post-WWII era. Nicholas Musuraca's cinematography captures the feel of turn-of-the-century San Francisco, and the production values are adequate without being showy -- somewhat better than average for an RKO picture from this era.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/07/2004
UPC:
0053939683721
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:14:00
Sales rank:
2,448

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Irene Dunne Mama Hansen
Barbara Bel Geddes Katrin Hansen
Oscar Homolka Uncle Chris
Philip Dorn Papa Hansen
Cedric Hardwicke Mr. Hyde
Edgar Bergen Mr. Thorkelson
Rudy Vallée Dr. Johnson
Barbara O'Neil Jessie Brown
Peggy McIntyre Christina Hansen
June Hedin Dagmar Hansen
Steve Brown Nels Hansen
Ellen Corby Aunt Trina
Hope Landin Aunt Jenny
Edith Evanson Aunt Sigrid
Tommy Ivo Cousin Arne
Howard Keiser Bellboy
Florence Bates Florence Dana Moorhead
Stanley Andrews Minister
George Atkinson Postman
Lela Bliss Nurse
Constance Purdy Nurse
Ruth Tobey Girl
Franklin Farnum Man
Cleo Ridgely Schoolteacher

Technical Credits
George Stevens Director,Executive Producer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Gordon Bau Makeup
DeWitt Bodeen Screenwriter
Carroll Clark Art Director
Russell A. Cully Special Effects
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Tholen Gladden Editor
Emil Juri Set Decoration/Design
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Harriet Parsons Producer
Kenneth Peach Special Effects
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Gile Steele Costumes/Costume Designer
Edward Stevenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Swink Editor
Roy Webb Score Composer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Credits [2:02]
2. Family Finances [6:40]
3. Trina's News [3:50]
4. Untold Stories [3:37]
5. Uncle Chris and Elizabeth [3:59]
6. Interest in Literature [3:05]
7. Uncle Chris Arrives [4:08]
8. Not Too Frightening [5:52]
9. Not Meeting Thorkelson [5:51]
10. Dowry Negotiation [4:49]
11. Against the Rules [6:32]
12. Handy Swear Word [5:14]
13. Lullaby for Dagmar [7:20]
14. Two Ladies Walking [3:18]
15. Hyde's Farewell [5:32]
16. Nothing Owed [3:55]
17. A Miracle [3:18]
18. Graduation Gift [6:53]
19. Cup of Coffee [7:22]
20. Deathbed Wishes and Regrets [7:11]
21. Last Drink [6:19]
22. Good Work Finished [6:16]
23. Best of Everything [2:28]
24. Lady in the Paper [4:58]
25. I Write, You Read [3:54]
26. Write What You Know [3:43]
27. Special Delivery [3:05]
28. First and Foremost [2:17]
29. Cast List [:27]

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I Remember Mama 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful classic movie depicting life at the turn of the last century.  It is very true to the book, "Mama's Bank Account"by Kathryn Forbes which I also recommend.  It's a sweet little read of a book.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Irene Dunne is almost nearly forgotten today. That is sad, since she was the top actress of her day, and portrays the title character here with grace and humor. This is a classic story of an immigrant family, portrayed as honest and real. This family classic that has lost none of its magic...in fact the only thing a younger audience might quibble about is that is black and white...and it is...gloriously filmed that way.
jadiehl More than 1 year ago
Love this movie. Watching it on Christmas day has become a family tradition. We love Uncle Chris, the dark norwegian, Uncle Elizabeth and especially Mama. It reminds us of our own little Norwegian grandmother - especially the hospital scene. So glad to finally have a copy of our own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent film. Watch this one with your family, it'll bring you closer together. A tale of struggle of a modest Norwegian immigrant family in turn-of-the century San Fransisco. Real old-fashioned family values are put to the test here, as mom tries to hold the family together after dad loses his job & little sister becomes gravely ill. A little slow in its pacing, but the skillful black & white cinematography, the compelling, dramatic storyline, combined with and the reverent look at the America of the past is worth the patience required to watch the film.