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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Main ...
Percy Kilbride ...
Meg Randall ...
Patricia Alphin ...
Esther Dale ...
Barry Kelley ...
Mr. Victor Tomkins
Harry Antrim ...
Mayor Dwiggins
Isabel O'Madigan ...
Ida Moore ...
Emory Parnell ...
Boyd Davis ...
Mr. Simpson
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Mr. Billings
Ray Bennett ...
Sam Rogers


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 <>

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Release Date:

1 April 1949 (USA)  »

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Ma and Pa Kettle  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Second of eight films in which Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride portrayed Ma and Pa Kettle. See more »


When Ma puts the kids to bed, you can see the covers are rumpled. Then, when she attempts to turn off the lights, she hits the switch to put away the beds. When the beds come back down, you can see 3 of the 4 beds are neatly made and there are dolls instead of kids. When you see them in the next shot, they are as they were before they went into the wall. See more »


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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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Check-Up (1974) See more »

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Mildly amusing as the Kettles move into a new dwelling...
17 July 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

As the years go by, we become used to the sort of broad humor in comedies today, especially those half-hour sitcoms on TV. Back in '49 it may have seemed riotously funny to watch a hillbilly family move from a shack to a state of the art mansion, but the humor here is all based on the assumption that you'll fall down laughing at the antics of MARJORIE MAIN and PERCY KILBRIDE as The Kettles.

Not so. It's a tepid script that barely contains any real pratfalls--just a matter of the push button technology being a bit over the heads of the Kettle clan with some amusing gaffes to spring a few chuckles.

The push-button home entertainment features look pretty modern for 1949 at a time when most B&W TV sets were considered "big" if the screen was 16". The set shown here is bigger than the 32" screens today.

RICHARD LONG is the son home from college and MEG RANDALL is the sweet love interest, but neither one is able to bring any dimension to their supporting roles.

Watchable for fans of the series, but today nothing in it seems very original.

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