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I Remember Mama (1948)




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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.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: DeWitt Bodeen, De Witt Bodeen
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On DVD: Dec 7, 2004


Oscar Homolka
as Uncle Chris
Edgar Bergen
as Mr. Thorkelson
Rudy Vallee
as Dr. Johnson
Barbara O'Neil
as Jessie Brown
Peggy McIntyre
as Christine
June Hedin
as Dagmar
Ellen Corby
as Aunt Trina
Hope Landin
as Aunt Jenny
Edith Evanson
as Aunt Sigrid
Tommy Ivo
as Cousin Arne
Florence Bates
as Florence Dana Moorhe...
Cleo Ridgley
as Schoolteacher
Cleo Ridgely
as Schoolteacher
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Critic Reviews for I Remember Mama

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

A charmer, nevertheless, directed and acted with real delicacy.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Producer-Director George Stevens has transferred the John van Druten play, via a free-wheeling script by DeWitt Bodeen, in all its genial personality to the screen.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Thin, manipulative, and overlong, but frighteningly effective.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

This chronicle of one immigrants clan in San Francisco circa 1900 is sentimental and nostalgic, but it's precisely directed by George Stevens and emotionally effective.

Full Review… | August 1, 2011

A delicate charmer, sometimes precious, but nonetheless fine.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
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Audience Reviews for I Remember Mama


don't really get why everyone loves this so much or else it's just far too sentimental for my tastes. the outlandish accents and gushing music put me off right away but i stuck it out for 2+ hours thinking there must be something...give me curtiz' 'life with father' any day

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


A really great family drama, a wonderful cast, and a good story. I really liked it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

A film along the lines of Pride and Prejudice, but this is a first generation immigrant family with four kids in early 20th century San Francisco. The story teller is the oldest daughter who has a yen for writing. We go through the various troubles they encounter - lack of money, the stay in a hospital when a kid needs an operation, the good and bad relatives, etc.

It is a heart-warming movie, and if you get a chance watch it.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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