31 thoughts on “How to be Subversively Ethical

  1. I haven’t seen this, but you make it sound as if I very much ought to. Meatballs or no meatballs!

    As for the social-media stinker you encountered, maybe you shouldn’t have tweeted your views on the Hollywood actor to @realDonaldTrump.

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  2. I’ve never seen this film, but I love your review!

    I agree. We need more positive movies, a bit more Capra-corn and the like these days, to offset all the dreadful stuff we read and encounter.

    As always, well written! Now, if I can just find the time to watch this film.

    FWIW, I love comedies. That’s what I turn to in order to keep sane. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Debbi! I really fell in love with this film the last time I saw it. I thought, “I need to be more like Mama.”

      And you’re right about encountering dreadful things. It’s heartbreaking to see some of the things that go on…


  3. I hate to rain on your Bernie Sanders parade, but a family scrimpin’ and savin’ money for the benefit of the entire brood is definitely NOT “socialism.” Socialism is defined as the means of production being controlled by the state.


  4. I liked it the first I saw it and still do. Barbara Bel Geddes and Irene Dunne are fabulous. It may be my favorite of the latter’s performances.It’s still a popular TV attraction on Mother’s Day and if I catch it while channel surfing, I usually find myself watching the rest of the movie.

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  5. I haven’t seen this film before, but I enjoyed your synopsis and commentary! I’ll have to check it out now, especially if Dunne is deserving of an Oscar for this 😉

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  6. This is such a lovely movie. I haven’t seen it in years. Must rewatch.

    As for social media, it’s best to stay far away from that. Other than classic film blogs of course. In general social media is for one thing only, deriding other people.

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  7. This is the life of a mother. I found myself rehanging things at a warehouse sale last week because I’m a trained mother. Washing the floors makes sense to me. Can hospital floors get cleaned often enough? (And I’d do that) And incidentally, it also reminds me of a friend if mine who was a nurse in England about 15 years ago. She complained to me that the hospital was mopping from most infectious areas to least infectious.

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  8. I could really do with a break from negativity, and for your statement, “an innocent person is derided ….”; I’ll raise both my hands a gazillion times.
    I have to say Ruth, this is a very insightful account of a movie I wasn’t that aware of. Now, I really want to read the collection of Short Stories, the play; watch the TV series, and of course; definitely, watch the MOVIE!
    And when you spoke of the socialism aspect, at least it’s a non-violent form of socialism, by the matriarch of a family. And that too, a poor family. It would have been more of a necessity according the time period it is set in (From the costumes, I gather it is set in the Edwardian era (1900’s/1910’s)). And it might be applicable to the time it was made in, as well; Post-World War II. Besides, she seems to be a humanitarian by choice; which is the best kind of open-minded caring ruler, not just in a household, but for a country.

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    1. Agreed. One who is humanitarian by choice is a true humanitarian, and our world desperately needs more of those.

      I hope you get the chance to at least watch the film. The book has been out of print for some time, I think, and may be difficult to locate. But Irene Dunne is marvellous as Mama.

      As for an innocent person being derided, I hope that situation will soon improve for you… You’re smart and genuine and deserve much better.

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  9. I’m watching this movie at the moment. It’s been quite a while since I seen it last. It’s an utterly delightful film on all levels. Irene Dunne is quite adept at speaking with a Norwegian accent. She was one of cinema’s most talented actresses in my opinion, and “I Remember Mama” really showcases her acting prowess.

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  10. Excellent review! I’ve always loved this movie. Sadly, altruism a thing of the past, so I’m not sure today’s viewers could relate to it. BTW, I loved the b/w camera work. And the supporting cast was great. Anyhow, you thought Dunne looked too much like a movie star? I believe Garbo turned it down! 😉

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