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I Remember Mama (1948)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Dec 7, 2004

Budget USD 3,068,000

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Running Time
2 hours, 14 minutes

Country USA

Studio RKO Pictures

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Other Titles
• I Remember Mama
• Geheimnis der Mutter (1949)
• Mama macht alles (1949)

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Genre: Drama, Family, Tear Jerker, Teenage, Marriage, Doctor, Love

Plot: Irene Dunne stars as the title character in George Stevens' beautifully wrought film version of the Kathryn Forbes novel via John Van Druten's stage adaptation. Returning, in memory, to her childhood in 1910 San Francisco, novelist Katrin Hanson (Barbara Bel Geddes) thinks of the importance of her mother Marta's (Dunne) role in the life of the family of Norwegian immigrants. As she deals with the children's problems and aspirations, such as brother Nels' (Steve Brown) schooling, Katrin's writing ambitions, young Dagmar's (June Hedin) illness, and a thousand other daily dramas, Marta manages to make all feel equally loved. She's also able to deal with eccentrics like the blustery family patriarch, Uncle Chris Halvorsen (Oscar Homolka), the family's highly literary non-paying tenant Jonanthan Hyde (Cedric Hardwicke), and spinster Aunt Trina (Ellen Corby), who is almost afraid to announce her forthcoming wedding. A final gesture of Marta's generosity at Katrin's graduation is symbolic of the spirit that is her legacy. Despite its potential for sentimentality, the film is redeemed by its nearly flawless execution as well as its insights into the most familiar aspects of domestic life. Superbly written, acted, and directed, perhaps the film's best performer is cinematographer Nick

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 Directed by
George Stevens
Shane, Giant, A Place in the Sun
 Written by
John Van Druten
Cabaret, Gaslight, Bell Book and Candle
Irene Dunne
The Awful Truth, My Favorite Wife, Life with Father
Barbara Bel Geddes
Vertigo, Panic in the Streets, Blood on the Moon
Oskar Homolka
The Seven Year Itch, Sabotage, Ball of Fire
Philip Dorn
Random Harvest, Tarzan's Secret Treasure, Passage to Marseille
Cedric Hardwicke
Rope, The Ten Commandments, Suspicion
Edgar Bergen
The Muppet Movie, Fun and Fancy Free, Stage Door Canteen
Rudy Vallee
The Palm Beach Story, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
 Music By
Roy Webb
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Notorious, Out of the Past

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