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The Egg and I (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | May 1947 (USA)
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.

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Chester Erskine

Writers:

Betty MacDonald (novel), Chester Erskine (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Betty MacDonald
Fred MacMurray ... Bob MacDonald
Marjorie Main ... Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
Louise Allbritton ... Harriet Putnam
Percy Kilbride ... Frank 'Pa' Kettle
Richard Long ... Tom Kettle
Billy House ... Billy Reed
Ida Moore ... Old Lady
Donald MacBride ... Mr. Henty
Samuel S. Hinds ... Sheriff
Esther Dale ... Birdie Hicks
Elisabeth Risdon ... Betty's Mother
John Berkes ... Geoduck
Victor Potel ... Crowbar (as Vic Potel)
Fuzzy Knight ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

On their wedding night Bob informs his new bride Betty that he has bought a chicken farm. An abandoned chicken farm, to be exact, which is obvious when the two move in. Betty endures Bob's enthusiasm for the rural life, rustic inconveniences, and battling nature, but her patience is severely tested when glamorous neighbor Harriet Putnam seems to set her sights on Bob. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El huevo y yo See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This comedy was such a hit with audiences, it spawned the Ma and Pa Kettle film series. See more »

Goofs

Cleopatra the pig has a string attached to its hind leg, probably pulled by its handler off screen. See more »

Quotes

Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle: Last money I saved up, Pa put it in a couple of minks he was goin' to breed to make us a fortune. They up and died before they got around to breedin'.
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The Man On The Flying Trapeze
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Written by Alfred Lee and George Leybourne
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A better performance than I remembered.
2 July 2001 | by danjgagneSee all my reviews

I first watched this movie about 5 years ago, and I enjoyed it then. I wanted to watch it again, because I'd since seen a few movies with Marjorie Main. I enjoyed her performance, but it was the role played by Claudette Colbert that blew me away. I thought she was better here than in "It Happened One Night", when she won an Oscar. Ma and Pa Kettle stole the show the last time I watched it, but this time around, I was more interested in the lives of Betty and Bob MacDonald. Ms. Colbert and Fred MacMurray had such an easy-going, natural interaction, which I overlooked on first viewing. Isn't that the sign of good acting? When you don't even notice they're acting?


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