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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Betty MacDonald
... Bob MacDonald
... Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
... Harriet Putnam
... Frank 'Pa' Kettle
... Tom Kettle
... Billy Reed
... Old Lady
... Mr. Henty
... Sheriff
... Birdie Hicks
... Betty's Mother
... Geoduck
... Crowbar (as Vic Potel)
... Cab Driver
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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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This is the sixth of seven films pairing Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray. See more »

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Cooked eggs would have been served on the train ride, yet the egg that breaks on the coach floor is obviously runny and therefore raw. See more »

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Betty MacDonald: I bet you think an egg is something you casually order for breakfast when you can't think of anything else. Well, so did I once, but that was before the egg and I.
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Jumpin' on Saturday Night
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Written by Jack Brooks and Edgar Fairchild
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Still Funny
14 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Having not seen this picture in years, I wondered if it would still be enjoyable. It is. Claudette Colbert is superb as Betty MacDonald, the author of the best selling book of what this is based upon, uprooting herself from the big city to accompany her husband (Fred MacMurray) on a farming dream. Their trials and tribulations are amusing and cute; MacMurray is well-cast. The film introduced the zany characters of Ma and Pa Kettle (Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride), parents of 15 children, who were a huge hit and spawned their own series of 9 films (2 without Percy). However, my favorite character is Harriet Putnam, deliciously portrayed by Louise Allbritton, a slim, slinky, aristocratic, velvety voiced blonde beauty, with a yen for the burly MacMurray. She owns a very modern farm down the road, replete with farmhands, technology, conveniences, but "no Man." Her scenes with the jealous Colbert are priceless, and Allbritton shows a great flair for comic timing. This classic can be seen as an inspiration for two popular 1960s television comedy series, "Green Acres" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." Enjoy!


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