I Remember Mama

A beautiful and touching film about the goings on in a Norwegian immigrant family in 1910 San Francisco. I Remember Mama was nominated for 5 Academy Awards in 1949, but did not win any.

Irene Dunne  is absolute perfection in the role of Mama Hansen. Ms. Dunne was nominated in the best actress category.

Ellen Corby is both sad and hilarious as the spinster sister that has finally caught a man played by Edgar Bergen in his first role without his dummy Charlie McCarthy.

Barbara Bel Geddes (better known for her role as the matriarch of the Ewing family in Dallas)  is wonderful as the eldest daughter and the storyteller here. Both Corby and Bel Geddes were nominated for the best supporting actress oscar.

Oskar Homolka was nominated for best supporting actor for his role as the gruff but kind Uncle Chris.

 

 

 

 

This film also stars Rudy Vallee and Philip Darn and is for sale on tcm.com.

I Remember Mama is not a comedy but as with any movie about the everyday life of a family it has more than a few humorous moments. The funniest scene has to do with the parents having to chloroform a sick cat and botching the job.

Please watch this movie with the whole family and you’ll be very glad you did.

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