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.
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NR
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Classics , Drama
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Cast

Oscar Homolka
as Uncle Chris
Cedric Hardwicke
as Mr. Hyde
Rudy Vallee
as Dr. Johnson
Ellen Corby
as Aunt Trina
Florence Bates
as Florence Dana Moorhead
Cleo Ridgely
as Schoolteacher
Barbara O'Neil
as Jessie Brown
Edgar Bergen
as Mr. Thorkelson
Peggy McIntyre
as Christine
Stanley Andrews
as Minister
Edith Evanson
as Aunt Sigrid
Hope Landin
as Aunt Jenny
Lela Bliss
as Nurse
Tommy Ivo
as Cousin Arne
June Hedin
as Dagmar
Ruth Tobey
as Girl
Howard Keiser
as Bellboy
Cleo Ridgley
as Schoolteacher
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Critic Reviews for I Remember Mama

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (3)

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

June 23, 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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
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… | July 31, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

A delicate charmer, sometimes precious, but nonetheless fine.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
TV Guide

It's a quietly effective work, thanks to its strong sense of time and place.

Full Review… | March 7, 2005
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for I Remember Mama

You have to love this Irene Dunne performance here even if it borders on the overly sentimental. You hope that you have people around you that are as interesting as those who stop in to visit this San Francisco family.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

½

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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

½

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

Aj V
Aj V

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