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Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 June 1951 (Argentina)
The Kettles leave their ultra-modern home and return to the country looking for uranium. Ma and Tom's mother-in-law, Mrs. Parker, fight over whether their grandchild will be raised "hygienically".



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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Brown ...
Peter Leeds ...
Teddy Hart ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Dee Carroll ...
Verna Kornman ...
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Tom Kettle and his wife, Kim, and their baby, are happily living with his parents in their new home, until Kim's uppity parents from Boston come for a visit. They proceed to take over the rearing of the baby and the whole Kettle household , and Ma and Pa Kettle decide to move back to their ramshackle farm house. There, they discover uranium on their property, or think they did. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Back where the FUN began!




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20 June 1951 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Chega de Encrencas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film takes place in July 1950. See more »


When Jonathan Parker comes into the kitchen to get breakfast for his "ailing" wife, he goes over to the stove where Ma is cooking grits. A shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on a pillar behind him. See more »


Pa Kettle: You know, I'm sorry about the way Mrs. Parker treated you fellas yesterday.
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Pa Kettle: No, she's from society. She don't understand us kind of folks, claims her ancestors came over on the Mayflower.
Geoduck: Huh, that nothing. Mine here to greet them.
Pa Kettle: Well, I never thought of that.
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Who knows the most about raising kids?
5 May 2006 | by (Easley, South Carolina) – See all my reviews

Before Kim Parker met Tom Kettle, she had written about the importance of hygiene in raising a child. In Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm we see where she got that idea!

The first Kettle grandchild is born, so Kim's parents travel to see their grandchild. After worrying about making a good impression upon meeting Kim's parents, Ma finds herself a new nemesis. Kim's mother is a nut who takes over the Kettles' house with her views on hygiene. She hires a nurse for the baby and makes everyone, including Ma, where a mask around the baby. It is abundantly clear that Ma knows how to take care of children. That absurdity makes the situation all the more funny.

Kim's father befriends the Kettles and helps them when uranium is "discovered" on their old farm. With the newfound wealth is newfound trouble good for a few laughs.

Familiar faces and settings returned once again in Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm . Rather than recycle all the old jokes, only a couple made it into the movie. The modern house is only used for one gag, and the radio in the old house is used again. Pa still casually uses dynamite with all the danger it brings. There was enough continuity to respect the prior films while creating a new adventure and introducing more characters.

With each movie in the series the sophistication of Ma Kettle becomes more and more apparent. Not only was she a vehicle for comedy, but for real human emotion. The balance was clearly a collaboration of everyone involved. Marjorie Main was given great scenes to work with. Despite being known for comedy, the Ma and Pa Kettle series had a subtle serious side as well.

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