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Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  1 April 1950 (USA)
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When Pa wins a jingle-writing contest, he and Ma head for New York City. They they get in trouble with gangsters when they lose some stolen money which they had already agreed to deliver to one of the thugs.

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Gregg Martell ...
Louie
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Shotgun Mike Munger
Kathryn Givney ...
Mrs. Victoria Masterson
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Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
Elliott Lewis ...
Detective Sam Boxer
Paul McVey ...
Harold Masterson
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Dutch - Third New York Henchman
Hal March ...
Detective Mike Eskow
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Barbara Brown ...
Elizabeth Parker (scenes deleted)
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Jonathan Parker (scenes deleted)
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When Pa wins a jingle-writing contest, he and Ma head for New York City. They they get in trouble with gangsters when they lose some stolen money which they had already agreed to deliver to one of the thugs.

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Dois Caipiras: Nas Altas Rodas  »

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

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As the Kettles drive downtown their proximity to Grand Central Station varies between the location shots and those using rear projection. See more »

Quotes

Harold Masterson: Are you the Kettle in underwear?
Pa Kettle: Yeah, but how did you know?
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Followed by The Egg and I (1951) See more »

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Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
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Best seen after viewing the previous movies.
10 April 2006 | by (Easley, South Carolina) – See all my reviews

Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Town seamlessly picks up where The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle leaves off. This is good and bad.

For someone familiar with the first two movie appearances of the Kettles the continuity is perfect. There are just enough recycled gags to reestablish the unique house the Kettles won in the prior film, but the majority of laughs come from the new situation of Ma and Pa unknowingly smuggling $100,000 in stolen money to New York. There is more development in the subplot of Tom Kettle and his efforts to develop a new incubator for chicken farmers, but it really takes a back burner in this movie.

I expected Jim Backus to be more comedic, but he played one of the crooks fairly straight. The situation was meant to be more funny than the actors.

There is still a fresh feeling to the Ma and Pa Kettle series in Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Town. Had I not seen the previous movie I may not have been able to understand why Ma and Pa Kettle lived in their futuristic house or why the kids were such devils. Go To Town was obviously meant for the audiences that had seen Further Adventures. As much as I liked this movie I would not suggest it as the first movie to see in the Ma and Pa Kettle series.


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