I Remember Mama Overview:

I Remember Mama (1948) was a Drama - Family Film directed by George Stevens and produced by George Stevens and Harriet Parsons.

Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorOscar HomolkaNominated
Best ActressIrene DunneNominated
Best Supporting ActressBarbara Bel GeddesNominated
Best Supporting ActressEllen CorbyNominated
Best CinematographyNicholas MusuracaNominated
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A Tree Grows in Brookyln (1945): The Precursor to I Remember Mama

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 22, 2019 From 4 Star Films

The reveries of a Saturday afternoon in childhood are where A Tree Grows in Brooklyn chooses to begin and it proves a fine entry point, giving us an instant feel for the world the Irish neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. Its contours are impoverished, even harsh, but also richly American. The... Read full article


I Remember Mama (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 25, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Initially, I Remember Mama comes off underwhelmingly. It’s overlong, there’s little conflict, and some of the things the story spends time teasing out seem?odd and inconsequential at best. Still, within that framework is a narrative that manages to be rewarding for its utter sincerity?in... Read full article


I Remember Mama (1948)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 25, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Initially, I Remember Mama comes off underwhelmingly. It’s overlong, there’s little conflict, and some of the things the story spends time teasing out seem?odd and inconsequential at best. Still, within that framework is a narrative that manages to be rewarding for its utter sincerity?in... Read full article


Top Picks: I Remember Mama

By Amanda Garrett on May 8, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

The Top Picks for May will feature films about mothers. This week's movie is I Remember Mama (1948), starring Irene Dunne as a selfless Norwegian immigrant who sacrifices for her children. Director George Stevens' 1948 classic, I Remember Mama, is an excellent choice for a Mother's Day film. Ir... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: I REMEMBER MAMA (1948)

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 2, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Nominated for five Academy Awards, I Remember Mama (1948) is one of those movies that requires a handful of hankies to watch, especially for those who have fond memories of their own mothers. George Stevens’ nostalgic melodrama has all the right ingredients for a classic tearjerker, including ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Dr. Johnson: Are you a physician, sir?
Uncle Chris Halverson: I'm a better physician than most doctors!


Katrin Hanson: [reading the novel that she's just finished] "For long as I could remember, the house on the Larkin Street Hill had been home. Papa and Mama had both born in Norway but they came to San Francisco because Mama's sisters were here, all of us were born here. Nels, the oldest and the only boy, my sister Christine and the littlest sister Dagmar but first and foremost I remember Mama".


Dr. Johnson: I'll do the operation myself.
Uncle Chris Halverson: I'll watch.
Dr. Johnson: [exasperated] You will do no such thing, sir!
Uncle Chris Halverson: Always I watch operation. I'm the head of the family.
Dr. Johnson: I allow no-one to attend my operations!
Uncle Chris Halverson: Are so bad?


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Facts about

Greta Garbo turned down the role of Martha around the same time she also rejected the lead in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case. She is reputed to have commented, "No murderesses, no mamas."
Barbara Bel Geddes, Irene Dunne, and Oskar Homolka recreated their roles on the Lux Radio Theatre on August 30, 1948.
The previous play was produced on Broadway by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. The film's producers purchased the rights for $2500 for each week of the play's run, up to $150,000, on the condition that the film would not be made until the play closed. The stage version ended up running for nearly two years. The original Broadway production opened on October 19, 1944 at the Music Box Theater and ran for 713 performances with a cast that included Marlon Brando in his Broadway debut.
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