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Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 1 April 1950 (USA)
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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Percy Kilbride ...
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Gregg Martell ...
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Shotgun Mike Munger
Kathryn Givney ...
Mrs. Victoria Masterson
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Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
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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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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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1 April 1950 (USA)  »

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Dois Caipiras: Nas Altas Rodas  »

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Trivia

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

Ma Kettle: [looks at the low cut dress on the hostess] That's a pretty dress you've got on... too bad the top wasn't finished in time for the party.
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Tiger Rag
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Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
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The Kettles are really rubes here
13 April 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I'm in agreement with the other reviewer who said it's best seeing this film after seeing the previous Ma and Pa Kettle films. The one immediately before has Percy Kilbride winning another jingle contest, this time a trip to New York is the prize.

But only for the adult Kettles, not for the 14 kids still at home. But that problem is solved when they leave the kids in charge of fleeing bank robber Charles McGraw who says he's a poet to Kilbride. I would have thought Marjorie Main had better sense. All they have to do is deliver a black bag from McGraw to one of his friends in New York. A bag that contains the stolen loot from his last job.

I found it hard to believe these people could be such rubes. When rural folks complain about their treatment on the big screen, it's films like Ma And Pa Kettle Go To Town they have in mind. Even Marjorie Main comes off stupid here. One wonders where their adult son Richard Long came from. Either it was the milkman or somebody was left on the Kettle door step.

It's all a comedy of errors about the black bag and of course all ends well. But the writers went overboard making the Kettles out to be so dumb.


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