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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 ...
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Meg Randall ...
Patricia Alphin ...
Esther Dale ...
Barry Kelley ...
Mr. Victor Tomkins
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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It's Loaded . . . with new laffs !!! All Your Favorites fresh from "The Egg And I" ! See more »

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The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle  »

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Trivia

As the Kettles are shown the features of their new home the newsreel footage on TV is that of the first flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules AKA "Spruce Goose". The H-4 first and only flight was on 2 November 1947, just 17 months prior to the release of this movie. See more »

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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 »

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Tom Kettle: Theories are nice, Ma, but not when they break up families and threaten lives.
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Probably the Real Inspiration For the Clampetts
18 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This was the very first Ma and Pa Kettle film and it is probably the second ranked film in the series in terms of laughs (just behind Ma and Pa's trip to Hawaii). This is film definitely has all the elements that made the series great, boisterous Ma, lazy Pa and their wild brood of 15 (or is it 16?). Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride were perfectly cast in this film and made for a classic pairing that and they would become two of the most enduring characters in all of filmdom. The chemistry between the two made you actually think they were married and it made for a great time and made the whole series great.

Also, I often wonder if Paul Henning actually got his ideas for the "Beverly Hillbillies" from this film and not from the hillbillies he saw on his vacations.


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