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
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Critic Reviews for I Remember Mama
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.
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.
It's a quietly effective work, thanks to its strong sense of time and place.
...a sweet, tender, sentimental tale, richly alive with old-fashioned humor and charm.
It inspired a classic TV show.
It's not just the turn-of-the-century setting that gives this warm-hearted film an old-fashioned feel, rather it's the values it celebrates.
Overrated and overblown from the bloated final act of George Stevens' career
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 dayMore
A beautiful film that I used to watch with my Grandmother. George Stevens?s timeless classic is cinema at its best, with a brilliant performances from an excellent cast. Brilliant!More
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.
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