The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa wins the grand prize by coming up with a new tobacco slogan. Birdie Hicks is jealous of... See full summary »
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.
Elwin Kettle might win a scholarship to an agricultural college. Essay contest judges Mannering and Crosby decide to choose between the two finalist by spending the weekend at the home of ... See full summary »
Ma and Pa are trying to raise enough money at the county fair to send their daughter Rosie to college. Ma competes in baking and Pa enters a trotter in a horse race, while Rosie takes up with handsome young Marvin Johnson.
On their wedding night Bob informs his new bride Betty that he has bought a chicken farm. An abandoned chicken farm, to be exact, which is obvious when the two move in. Betty endures Bob's ... See full summary »
Ma and Pa, along with daughter Rosie, go off to Hawaii in answer to cousin Rodney's call for help running his pineapple farm while he recovers from an illness. Pa soon causes a major explosion and gets himself kidnapped.
The Kettles are in Paris along with their daughter-in-law's parents the Parkers. Pa tries to buy racy postcards. He also gets in big trouble when he is given a letter to deliver to Adolph ... See full summary »
Ma and the kids head back to the Ozarks for a visit with Uncle Sedge (essentially a Pa Kettle replacement). He's working his way through a twenty years long relationship with Miss Bedelia ... See full summary »
Nicky and Tacy are going to be married. Nicky wants to save up money for a house, but Tacy dreams of starting off with their own home on wheels--a trailer. After the two are hitched, they ... See full summary »
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
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This marked the final appearance of Richard Long as the eldest, and college educated, son Tom. In later films the character would be referred to in dialog but not seen. 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 »
Income tax? What's that?
Well, income tax supports the government.
You mean, Pa and me's got to support all our kids and the government too?
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The film version of the best selling novel The Egg and I with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert introduced America to the Kettle family. Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride and their brood of 15. They were the rural answer to Clifton Webb and Gene Tierney's Cheaper by the Dozen. Who says country folk can't do it better.
In this film we have the arrival of the Kettles first grandchild who Percy mistakes as another blessed event of his own creation. A natural mistake given his track record. The baby however is Meg Randall's who married their oldest son Richard Long in a previous film. The Kettles also have to contend with Meg's parents, Ray Collins and Barbara Brown. Ms. Brown is one snooty old dowager, but I think you can gather that if anyone could adjust her attitude, Marjorie Main could.
Due to a pair of radioactive overalls, the Kettles also think they've got uranium on the old homestead. So do a pair of crooks who try to steal the place from them.
The Kettles were a really popular item in what would now be called red state America back in the day. The pictures made money consistently for Universal and if Percy Kilbride hadn't decided to retire, I'm sure more would have been made. There was one more made with Arthur Hunnicutt as an in-law, but it wasn't the same without Mr. Kilbride. Marjorie Main retired not long after that last film also.
If you are any kind of fan of those CBS rural shows of the sixties like Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres, the Kettles are your cup of tea.
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