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Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)

 -  Comedy  -  1 April 1949 (USA)
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The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa wins the grand prize by coming up with a new tobacco slogan. Birdie Hicks is jealous of... See full summary »

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Marjorie Main ...
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Meg Randall ...
Patricia Alphin ...
Esther Dale ...
Barry Kelley ...
Harry Antrim ...
Mayor Dwiggins
Isabel O'Madigan ...
Ida Moore ...
Emily
Emory Parnell ...
Boyd Davis ...
Mr. Simpson
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Mr. Billings
Ray Bennett ...
Sam Rogers
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The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa wins the grand prize by coming up with a new tobacco slogan. Birdie Hicks is jealous of the family's new wealth, which includes a completely automated modern home, and accuses Pa of stealing the slogan. Reporter Kim Parker proves Birdie wrong and marries Tom Kettle. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Second of eight films in which Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride portrayed Ma and Pa Kettle. See more »

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When Tom kisses Kim goodbye at the train depot, her hat falls backwards and is barely on. In the next scene, from a distance, they are still kissing and her hat is back on. See more »

Quotes

Ma Kettle: [about Pa's underwear] It's the latest thing, Billy Reed said they'd fit perfectly.
Pa Kettle: They probably would if he were in them with me!
Ma Kettle: [laughs] Well, we'll just pin them up for right now, they'll shrink once I wash them.
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Gentle humor, but not laugh out loud funny
12 March 2000 | by (Central New York) – See all my reviews

Ma and Pa Kettle live in a falling down shack with 14 of their 15 kids. Tom, the eldest, is away at college. Ma can't remember all of her kids names, and Pa is extremely lazy. Pa enters a contest to supply a slogan for a tobacco company so he can get a new tobacco pouch. They end up winning the grand prize, a new, modern house with many electronic features. My expectations of this film was that it would have more slapstick elements in it, like Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello, but it doesn't. It has gentle humor, most of it stemming from Pa Kettle's "fish out of water" situations, ie a poor country man living in a house with modern conveniences. This film was OK, but I really didn't laugh out loud too many times. More of a gentle type of humor, it just brought smiles to my face.


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