I REMEMBER MAMA (1948) B/W 134m dir: George Stevens
w/Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, Oscar Homolka, Philip Dorn, Cedric Hardwicke, Ellen Corby, Edgar Bergen, Rudy Vallee, Barbara O'Neil, Florence Bates, Peggy McIntyre
From The Movie Guide: "A delicate charmer, sometimes precious, but nonetheless fine. Based on Kathryn Forbes's collection of autobiographical short stories Mama's Bank Account, this meticulously directed George Stevens film tells the heartwarming story of a Norwegian immigrant family making a go of it in turn-of-the century San Francisco. Katrin (Barbara Bel Geddes), one of the daughters, narrates from her diary as the family's trials, tribulations, and triumphs are shown in flashback. At the center of the proceedings is the indefatigable Mama (Irene Dunne, giving one of her finest performances), keeping the house and her head while a dizzying parade of offbeat relatives and friends come and go, including Oscar Homolka (overacting), Cedric Hardwicke (wonderful, indeed), Rudee Vallee, Edgar Bergen, and Philip Dorn as Papa. Forbes's nostalgic tale had earlier been brought to Broadway by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (adapted by John Van Druten), and Peggy Wood later appeared in a long-running (1946-57) TV series based on the story."
I REMEMBER MAMA was nominated for five Oscars: Best Actress (Dunne), Supporting Actor (Homolka), Supporting Actress (both Bel Geddes and Corby), and Cinematography (Nicholas Musuraca).