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Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 March 1954 (USA)
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 »

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Alphonsus Mannering
Alice Kelley ...
Sally Maddocks
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Elwin Kettle
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Pete Crosby
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Miss Wetter
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Irving Bacon ...
John Maddocks
Virginia Brissac ...
Martha Maddocks
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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 each. Pa makes numerous cosmetic improvements to his rundown home to impress the judges, but all wash away in a torrential rain storm. Will the judges still award the scholarship to Elwin? Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Kettles Are Running Wild Again! See more »

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10 March 1954 (USA)  »

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Ma en Pa weer op de hoeve  »

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This was the last acting role for Percy Kilbride. Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955), which was filmed several years earlier, was not released until 1955. See more »

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The doggy-sweater is shown to be unravelling in a circular motion around the dog's neck, but then the loosening yarn "changes direction" and starts "travelling the other way" along the edge of the knitted fabric, and "magically" becoming re-woven and "adding" itself back onto the edge as it goes instead of being removed; obviously just a reused/reversed section of footage of the yarn unravelling. See more »

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A fine swan song for Pa
13 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you actually take the time to read the trivia sections for these films, you will know that this is the last of the series filmed with Percy Kilbride. Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki was shot three years earlier, but it's release was held until after this one. This is a wonderful send off for Pa and I wish Universal had been wise enough to quit while they were ahead, but that's another story all together.

This is one of two personal favorites of the series, the other being Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair. The things they both have in common are the look at small town life and a better sense of humor than the first two pictures. There are a couple of early pratfalls with Ma that don't work, but the rest of the film is a nice mix of sincerity and hilarity. Geoduck, Crowbar and the rest of the men in their tribe steal the show when they try to help Pa out of the jam he has created. It's nice every once in a while to slow down, relax and watch a Ma and Pa Kettle film. It's one of the not-so-guilty pleasures of life.


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