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Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)

 -  Comedy  -  11 July 1952 (USA)
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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.

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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.

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The series is starting to show its age...
30 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I have seen most of the Ma & Pa Kettle films and so I can see that compared to the earlier films, "Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair" is a sub-par entry into the series. It's not terrible....but it's also not particularly good. Much of this is because the jobs seemed much more limp than usual--especially Pa's American Indian friends.

As usual, Pa Kettle is scheming and spends most of the film trying to manipulate folks into giving him money. He COULD use all this energy getting a job, but this IS Pa Kettle! However, again and again, his schemes seem to backfire--and end up costing Ma the Jelly and Jam contest as well as the bread baking contest at the fair. Can Pa finally redeem himself at the big horse race at the end of the fair? Maybe...and maybe not.

This film is pretty much what you'd expect from a film in the series, although the oldest son (Richard Long) is no where to be seen and the little Kettles only make a couple brief token appearances. As I mentioned above, the Indian sidekicks are a minor issue. They are more important to the film and their charm wears thin after a bit. Inoffensive but also very, very slight overall.


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