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Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 April 1953 (USA)
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 »

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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 Wade, a spy who gets killed by spies Inez and Cyrus Kraft. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Ma and Pa Kettle Hit the Road  »

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Sixth of eight films in which Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride portrayed Ma and Pa Kettle. See more »

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Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle: It'll be nice acting like those Paris-ites!
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Follows The Egg and I (1951) See more »

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Paris will never be the same
16 April 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

I wish someone would do something for me like Ray Collins and Barbara Brown did for Ma and Pa Kettle. Collins and Brown are the parents whose daughter married their oldest son in a previous Kettle film. They send Ma and Pa tickets first to New York and then Paris. So off are Percy Kilbride and Marjorie Main to the City of Lights in Ma And Pa Kettle on Vacation.

Things start to happen on the plane over as Pa strikes up a conversation with Peter Brocco who seeing Pa's simple and trusting nature entrusts him with a letter to deliver it to him at the hotel both are staying at. But Brocco is killed by some other spies Bodil Miller and Sig Ruman. After that the fun starts.

Despite the ever present danger that the Kettles are blissfully unaware of Ma and Pa bring a bit of Ozark etiquette and humor to enliven those Parisian hearts. Funniest moment is when Marjorie Main crowns some poor Apache dancer. Reminded me of the time when I was a kid when some wrestling fan jumped in the ring, so carried away was he by the performance.

Eventually the Kettles do find out and our government enlists them in the apprehension of the spy ring. Percy Kilbride is nothing if not a patriot.

An enjoyable time with the Kettles.


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