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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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Gregg Martell ...
Louie
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Shotgun Mike Munger
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Mrs. Victoria Masterson
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Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
Elliott Lewis ...
Detective Sam Boxer
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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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Their NEWEST and Most Hilarious Adventure!

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1 April 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dois Caipiras: Nas Altas Rodas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph "Little Joe" Rogers was born on January 27, 1910. See more »

Goofs

In the first film, "Ma and Pa Kettle," Pa says there are five bathrooms in their new house. In "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town'" Pa says that there are only three bathrooms in the new house. See more »

Quotes

Pa Kettle: I thought you might be a traveling salesman. A lot of them visit farms, you know.
Shotgun: Yeah, I've heard stories about them.
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Connections

Followed by Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955) See more »

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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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I Like It, I Really Like It
13 June 2008 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

I purchased the DVD which contained "Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Town" on deep discount. I have very fond memories of seeing the "Ma and Pa Kettle" movies on Television when I was a child. Of course, the things which make a seven year old laugh and the things which make a 37 year old laugh are often very different. When I watched this movie, though, I was surprised to see that I still found it quite enjoyable. In particular, I was quite impressed at Percy Kilbride's comic skills as Pa Kettle. He had a wonderful deadpan delivery. Marjorie Main gives the same robust performance which she brought to almost all her roles as a character actress, and, as always, it is fun.

In general, don't look at this film for great plot, or production values, but its got wonderful comic acting, and some genuine laughs.


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