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Animation | Comedy | Romance
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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.

Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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 »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
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The Kettles leave their ultra-modern home and return to the country looking for uranium. Ma and Tom's mother-in-law, Mrs. Parker, fight over whether their grandchild will be raised "hygienically".

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long


Series cast summary:
Bob Craven ...
 Bob MacDonald (1 episode, 1952)
Karen Hale ...
 Paula French (1 episode, 1952)
Pat Kirkland ...
 Betty MacDonald (1 episode, 1952)
Doris Rich ...
 Ma Kettle (1 episode, 1952)
 Jed Simmons (1 episode, 1952)
Ingeborg Theek ...
 Lisa Schumacher (1 episode, 1952)
Frank Tweddell ...
 Pa Kettle (1 episode, 1952)


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3 September 1951 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was CBS TV's highest rated afternoon serial, garnering much higher ratings than Search for Tomorrow and Love of Life. However, the network's inability to acquire a five-day sponsor doomed the show to cancellation. Proctor & Gamble sponsored the program one day a week, but CBS couldn't draw other backers despite a highly unusual last ditch ad campaign through the broadcast trade journal Variety, touting the serial's ratings. Perhaps the humorous slant of the serial put off sponsors versus the guaranteed success that Search's and Love of Life's melodrama offered. See more »


Followed by Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954) See more »

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