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Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  10 March 1954 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Alphonsus Mannering
Alice Kelley ...
Sally Maddocks
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Elwin Kettle
Ross Elliott ...
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Miss Wetter
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Stan Ross ...
Emory Parnell ...
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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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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DIshonesty is the best policy.
28 January 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When this installment of the Ma & Pa Kettle series begins, there is an announcement over the radio that the Kettle's son, Elwin (Brett Halsey) was a finalist in an essay contest. In this essay, he talked about the Kettle farm* as if it's an idyllic place--a picturesque showplace. If you've seen other Kettle films, you'll know that the place is a rundown dump--mostly because Mr. Kettle is the laziest man on Earth! There are two problems with Elwin winning the contest, however. First, two representatives of the essay contest (Alan Mowbray and Ross Elliot) will be coming to stay with the two finalists and their families! Second, Elwin's girlfriend is the other finalist. So, the family will try (in vain) to fool the reps into thinking the farm isn't a dump. But the Kettle place never will look as nice as the other farm. What's next? See the film.

This film is far lower in laughs than most of the Kettle films but it does make up for it with some nice sentimentality. It doesn't lay it on too thick (thankfully) and is a pleasant little B-movie. Worth seeing just to see Santa's sleigh near the end of the film!

*In one of the earliest films, the Kettles win a space-age and beautiful home. Yet, oddly, there's no reference to it in this movie and it's as if it just disappeared. Am I missing something? I don't remember any plots about aliens or the Internal Revenue or the banks taking this home.


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