Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1950)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  10 May 1951 (USA)
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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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Barbara Brown ...
Emory Parnell ...
Peter Leeds ...
Teddy Hart ...
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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 <>

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10 May 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chega de Encrencas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though J.P. Sloane received no on screen credit for his role as "Billy Kettle" in this film, he is probably the one most remembered portraying that part in the series. Notwithstanding the "Official Kettle Family Portrait" Director Ed Sedgwick insisted that the young Sloane be the only child used exclusively for publicity pictures promoting this film. See more »


Ma Kettle: [about Elizabeth's choice of name for Tom's child] I bet she hangs around until after the christening to make sure the baby gets the name she wants.
Tom Kettle: What name does she want?
Ma Kettle: Jonathan.
Tom Kettle: But Kim and I had sort of decided on Thomas?
Ma Kettle: Well, she's decided different. She says, "Thomas is too ordinary, it has no character, no color."
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another installment of Ma & Pa Kettle
30 July 2009 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

One of the director's final films - Edward Sedgwick died two years after making this third chapter of Ma & Pa Kettle. In this one, after Kim, the daughter-in-law has a new baby, her snobby parents come to visit the Kettles in the fancy house that they had won in the first film. This also marks the first and last time I ever saw Marjorie Mains with her long hair down. Pa does a fun mathematics gag on the chalkboard, and on it goes. Ray Collins is Jonathan Parker - viewers will recognize Collins from the Perry Mason show, and the bazillion films he did in the 1940s. Also keep an eye out for a brief appearance by Harry Von Zell; in addition to all the voice-over work, he did numerous episodes on the "Burns and Allen" show. Swindlers try to buy the Kettles' old farmland when it turns out there's something valuable in it... (sound familiar...?) They do a good job of continuing the Kettle story, in spite of the fact that it has different writers. Fun way to spend about an hour and a half. A little more sadness and fighting in this one than the others, but still entertaining.

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