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Al Lewis (writer)
Betty MacDonald (characters)
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1 April 1949 (USA) See more »
It's Loaded . . . with new laffs !!! All Your Favorites fresh from "The Egg And I" ! See more »
The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Percy Kilbride put the "dead" in "deadpan." See more (16 total) »


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Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle

Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle

Richard Long ... Tom Kettle

Meg Randall ... Kim Parker
Patricia Alphin ... Secretary

Esther Dale ... Mrs. Birdie Hicks

Barry Kelley ... Mr. Victor Tomkins
Harry Antrim ... Mayor Dwiggins
Isabel O'Madigan ... Mrs. Hicks' Mother

Ida Moore ... Emily

Emory Parnell ... Bill Reed
Boyd Davis ... Mr. Simpson

O.Z. Whitehead ... Mr. Billings

Ray Bennett ... Sam Rogers

Alvin Hammer ... Alvin

Lester Allen ... Geoduck

Chief Yowlachie ... Crowbar

Rex Lease ... Sheriff John
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Arglen ... Willie Kettle (uncredited)
John Beck ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Dale Belding ... Danny Kettle (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Townsman (uncredited)
Margaret Brown ... Ruthie Kettle (uncredited)

Harry Cheshire ... Fletcher (uncredited)

Jack Curtis ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Dunn ... George Kettle (uncredited)
Diane Florentine ... Sara Kettle (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Townsman (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... Benjamin Kettle (uncredited)
Donna Leary ... Sally Kettle (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Minister (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Diner on Train (uncredited)

George Magrill ... Deputy (uncredited)
Merrill McCormick ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Dining Car Waiter (uncredited)
George McDonald ... Henry Kettle (uncredited)
Beverly Mook ... Eve Kettle (uncredited)
Gloria Moore ... Rosie Kettle (uncredited)

Richard Neill ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Eugene Persson ... Ted Kettle (uncredited)
Melinda Plowman ... Susie Kettle (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Party Guest (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman (uncredited)

Dewey Robinson ... Giant Man (uncredited)
Walter Rode ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sherman Sanders ... Square Dance Caller (uncredited)
Elana Schreiner ... Nancy Kettle (uncredited)

Charles Soldani ... Indian (uncredited)

George Sowards ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Lem Sowards ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Ted Stanhope ... Dining Car Steward (uncredited)
Burk Symon ... Doctor (uncredited)

Harry Tyler ... Ticket Agent (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Wald ... Dick Palmer (uncredited)

Eddy Waller ... Mr. Green (uncredited)
Robin Winans ... Billy Kettle (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Lamont 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Al Lewis  writer
Betty MacDonald  characters
Herbert H. Margolis  (as Herbert Margolis)
Lou Morheim  (as Louis Morheim)

Produced by
Leonard Goldstein .... producer
Aaron Rosenberg .... associate producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Maury Gertsman 
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth  (as Russell Schoengarth)
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Emrich Nicholson 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Makeup Department
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... director of makeup
Emmy Eckhardt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack Kevan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Howard Christie .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Richard DeWeese .... sound
George Sowards .... diving double: Percy Kilbride (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bert Anderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Brooks .... gaffer (uncredited)
Harry Davis .... camera operator (uncredited)
Russ Franks .... grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Odell .... wardrobe
Music Department
Milton Schwarzwald .... music arranger
Milton Schwarzwald .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Schumann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Pat Betz .... dialogue director (as Pat Betts)

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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

Second of eight films in which Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride portrayed Ma and Pa Kettle.See more »
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "M*A*S*H: Check-Up (#3.7)" (1974)See more »


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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Percy Kilbride put the "dead" in "deadpan.", 20 March 2006
Author: Steve Haynie from Easley, South Carolina

The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle almost seamlessly picks up where The Egg and I left off. For the first solo adventure of the Kettles a new writing team and director is introduced. Leonard Goldstein, associate producer of The Egg and I, was producer of The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle. With many of the characters played by the same actors and actresses the focus from the MacDonalds to the Kettles works very well. There is a reference to Ma beating Birdie Hicks for first prize at the fair for her quilt, an import scene in The Egg and I. The prize money from the quilt contest was to be used to send Tom Kettle to college. In this movie Tom is returning home as a college graduate.

There are two plots intertwined in this movie. One is the comedy of the simple mountain family moving into a state of the art modern house. The other is a light morality play on how environment affects children as they grow up.

Pa Kettle (Percy Kilbride) wanted a free tobacco pouch for entering a contest, and ended up winning a house. His disappointment at not getting the free tobacco pouch is played for laughs quite a bit. When Pa plays with dynamite he is totally oblivious to the explosion. Kilbride never flinched in the scene as the debris from the explosion fell around him. He played the part to perfection. In his autobiography, Jack Benny mentioned how impressed he was with Percy Kilbride's deadpan delivery. Kilbride took that comedic device to a high level of perfection.

Ma (Marjorie Main) and Pa move into the new house with modern conveniences that confuse Ma and Pa almost as much as they help them. Ma adapts far more quickly than Pa. Included with the modern conveniences is a television, a very new household item in 1949. Moving walls, hidden beds, and plumbing fixtures are used as comic props, but the attention is on Ma and Pa, never the props themselves.

Tom Kettle (Richard Long) meets Kim Parker (Meg Randall), a magazine writer who feels that hygiene and environment are essential for children to realize success as adults. Tom is a bright, self-made man who contradicts the theory that success can only come from a pristine environment. This subject is briefly discussed in a couple of scenes, but left to subside. It was also the only serious discussion in this otherwise whimsical movie.

Seeing the Kettles moving out of their run-down old house to move to a new house would almost be a disaster if it were not for the characters staying true to themselves. Ma was the practical one, just as she had been in the The Egg and I. Pa was the fish out of water that provided the best comedy. He never felt at home in the new house, but the actual location of a comfortable bed would never be of concern to him.

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