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Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 1 April 1949 (USA)
On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, the large Kettle family is given a new, modern home after Pa wins a contest, but he is accused of plagiarizing his winning slogan by a jealous local woman.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Al Lewis, Betty MacDonald (characters) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle
Richard Long ... Tom Kettle
Meg Randall ... Kim Parker
Patricia Alphin ... Secretary
Esther Dale ... Mrs. Birdie Hicks
Barry Kelley ... Mr. Victor Tomkins
Harry Antrim Harry Antrim ... Mayor Dwiggins
Isabel O'Madigan Isabel O'Madigan ... Mrs. Hicks' Mother
Ida Moore ... Emily
Emory Parnell ... Bill Reed
Boyd Davis Boyd Davis ... Mr. Simpson
O.Z. Whitehead ... Mr. Billings
Ray Bennett ... Sam Rogers
Alvin Hammer ... Alvin
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Storyline

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 the family's new wealth, which includes a completely automated modern home, and accuses Pa of stealing the slogan. Reporter Kim Parker proves Birdie wrong and marries Tom Kettle. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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contest | hick | gadget | mayor | horse | See All (63) »

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It's Loaded . . . with new laffs !!! All Your Favorites fresh from "The Egg And I" ! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Official Sites:

Ma and Pa Kettle Page

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Second of eight films in which Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride portrayed Ma and Pa Kettle. See more »

Goofs

When the Mayor and Sam try to visit the Kettle home, Ma shoots the hat off of the mayor with a shotgun from 20 yards away. The spray of buckshot from that distance would cover 20 square feet, and severely injure both men. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Birdie Hicks: [after getting the Kettles evicted] Good day.
Ma Kettle: [grabs Birdie] Listen here Birdie, it may be a good day for you, but it ain't for Pa. All the poor man wanted was a new tobacco pouch and instead he won a house he didn't want and he got a bad sunburn.
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Followed by Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955) See more »

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Gentle humor, but not laugh out loud funny
12 March 2000 | by jiffy-2See all my reviews

Ma and Pa Kettle live in a falling down shack with 14 of their 15 kids. Tom, the eldest, is away at college. Ma can't remember all of her kids names, and Pa is extremely lazy. Pa enters a contest to supply a slogan for a tobacco company so he can get a new tobacco pouch. They end up winning the grand prize, a new, modern house with many electronic features. My expectations of this film was that it would have more slapstick elements in it, like Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello, but it doesn't. It has gentle humor, most of it stemming from Pa Kettle's "fish out of water" situations, ie a poor country man living in a house with modern conveniences. This film was OK, but I really didn't laugh out loud too many times. More of a gentle type of humor, it just brought smiles to my face.


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