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I Remember Mama

  • Drama
  • Family
  • 1948
  • George Stevens
  • 128 mins
  • U

Summary

Period drama starring Irene Dunne and Barbara Bel Geddes. A novelist looks back on her childhood and her Norwegian-American family life in San Francisco, dominated by wise, practical and indomitable Mama.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Early-20th-century San Francisco is the setting for this cosy story about a family of Norwegian immigrants and their struggle for survival. Irene Dunne brings her usual class and charm to the role of the matriarch who holds everyone together and Barbara Bel Geddes plays the daughter and future novelist who records day-to-day life in her diary. Directed by George Stevens with a warm heart and a diverting way with a cliché, it also has a knockout performance by Cedric Hardwicke as a run-down old actor who reads from his own (unpublished) works but never seems to be able to pay the rent.

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Credits

Cast

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MamaIrene Dunne
KatrinBarbara Bel Geddes
Uncle ChrisOscar Homolka
PapaPhilip Dorn
Mr HydeCedric Hardwicke
Mr ThorkelsonEdgar Bergen
Dr JohnsonRudy Vallee
Jessie BrownBarbara O'Neil
Florence Dana MoorheadFlorence Bates
DagmarJune Hedin
NelsSteve Brown
Aunt TrinaEllen Corby
ChristinePeggy McIntyre

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Stevens

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Languages
English | Norwegian | Latin | French
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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