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I Remember Mama Poster
Released Runtime Category
1948 134 Drama
Director Language
George Stevens English
Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oskar Homolka, Phillip Dorn, Cedric Hardwicke, Rudy Vallee

I Remember Mama

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What's it About

Revisiting the trials and tribulations of a struggling Norwegian immigrant family in turn-of-the-century San Francisco, this charming drama follows the efforts of a tireless matriarch (Dunne) to keep her household in order as finances remain tight. Meanwhile, an endless parade of off-kilter friends and relatives traipse through, including Uncle Chris (Homolka), Dr. Johnson (Vallee), and erudite boarder Mr. Hyde (Hardwicke).

Why we love it

Based on a hit play adapted from Kathryn Forbes's autobiographical story collection, this precious, poignant film is suffused by an aura of nostalgia. Narrated in flashback by younger daughter Katrin (Bel Geddes), "Mama" is a heartwarming step back to a time when happiness and hardship mixed in equal measure. The Oscar-nominated Dunne is terrific as the domestic dynamo, and Bel Geddes — destined to become a matriarch herself on TV's "Dallas" — lends a warm, innocent presence. The pride and joy of this "Mama" also lies in a sterling supporting cast, especially Homolka as an ornery uncle and Hardwicke's quote-spouting freeloader. Compassionate and colorful.

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