I REMEMBER MAMA 1948/2021 (Recorded from Turner Classic Movies, TCM) Gary and I celebrated Mother’s Day by watching this great old film. Directed by George Stevens, back from WWII, it starred Irene Dunn as Mama (Martha) and Barbara Bel Geddes as her daughter, Katrin. (Readers might remember Bel Geddes as Miss Ellie, the Ewing family matriarch on the long-running TV series Dallas.) The film was nominated for 5 Oscars, and spawned a TV series which had 8 seasons, 1949 to 1957. Dunn was wonderful as Mama and deserved her Oscar Nomination, but the rest of the cast was excellent, too. Edgar Bergen, sans Charlie McCarthy, appears as a suitor to one of the aunts, and Rudy Valley has a brief appearance as a doctor, but Bel Geddes and Oscar Homolka, as Uncle Chis, are the most memorable. The film tells the story of the trials and tribulations of an immigrant family in San Francisco, circa 1910. Mama and Papa came from Norway because her three sisters were already here and because “it’s good for families to be together.” All four of their children were born in the US: Niles, the oldest and the only boy, Katrin, Christine, and Dagmar. I remember loving the movie and the TV series, but Gary doesn’t have a clear memory of either. The film holds up remarkably well, and we encourage anyone who appreciates family drama in classic black and white, to give it a try. (It is available as a $3 rental on Amazon Prime.) It was a terrific way to celebrate Mother’s Day! I don’t think I will give it a grade but it certainly deserves an enthusiastic thumbs-up.