I Remember Mama
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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… More

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"A charmer, nevertheless, directed and acted with real delicacy."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"the characters are portrayed warmly and with unusual realism"
‑ David Bezanson, Filmcritic.com
"It's not just the turn-of-the-century setting that gives this warm-hearted film an old-fashioned feel, rather it's the values it celebrates."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A delicate charmer, sometimes precious, but nonetheless fine."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"...a sweet, tender, sentimental tale, richly alive with old-fashioned humor and charm."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Overrated and overblown from the bloated final act of George Stevens' career"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Thin, manipulative, and overlong, but frighteningly effective."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"It's a quietly effective work, thanks to its strong sense of time and place."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It inspired a classic TV show."
‑ John Urbancich, Your Movies (cleveland.com)
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