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Mama

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Mama, based on the stage and screen classics I Remember Mama (which in turn were derived from Kathryn Forbe's book Mama's Bank Account), was a long-running program that dates from the earliest days of network television. Mixing simple humor with some mild dramatic situations, the show centered around the happenings of the Norwegian Hansen family in early 20th century San Francisco. The primary characters were Mama and Papa Hansen and their children, though the extended family was also highlighted. Members of the cast were noted for touring during the short Summer hiatus, giving theatrical performances of episodes around the country.

For much of its history, episodes of the series were broadcast live (from New York City) and the fragile kinescope copies used for broadcast on the West coast were unsuitable for re-runs or syndication and are now mostly gone. In most cases, the remaining handful of kinescopes belong(ed) to cast members from the series. Any surviving examples of early episodes are very rare.

The final season of the series (the only episodes to be filmed) was composed of Sunday network broadcasts and others that were later added to regional syndication packages.moreless
Peggy Wood

Peggy Wood

Marta "Mama" Hansen

Judson Laire

Judson Laire

Lars "Papa" Hansen

Rosemary Rice

Rosemary Rice

Katrin Hansen

Dick Van Patten

Dick Van Patten

Nels Hansen

Iris Mann

Iris Mann

Dagmar Hansen (1949-1950)

Robin Morgan

Robin Morgan

Dagmar Hansen (1950-1956)

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    • Katryn is still with us!
      Rosemary Rice played the role of young Katryn on I REMEMBER MAMA. Apparently she is still with us. Patty McCormack was also a cast...
      04/14/09
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    • I Remember Mama
      Actually, I'm too young to remember "Mama", based on the award winning movie that bears the title of this thread. Since it has so ...
      12/29/08
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