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 finalists by spending a weekend at the home of ... See full summary »
On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.
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.
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 »
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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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 »
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 »
[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.
What name does she want?
But Kim and I had sort of decided on Thomas?
Well, she's decided different. She says, "Thomas is too ordinary, it has no character, no color."
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"Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm" has lucky hillbillies Marjorie Main (she's Ma) and Percy Kilbride (he's Pa) digging for uranium on the old homestead, which doesn't turn out to be as rich in laughter as were their previous two films. Funnier is the fact that eldest son Richard Long (as Tom) and pretty wife Meg Randall (as Kim) deliver the first Kettle grandbaby. Seeing the Kettles in their first delivery room, after fifteen births, is a highlight. Too bad this was the last appearance of Mr. Long and family. Also amusing are clashes with more uppity in-laws Barbara Brown and Ray Collins (as Elizabeth and Jonathan Parker). And, erstwhile Emory Parnell (as Billy Reed) does well in his semi-regular role.
****** Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (5/10/51) Edward Sedgwick ~ Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, Emory Parnell
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