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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:

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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

One of the modern paintings hanging in the Kettles' new home, is by Fernand Léger, whose work had focused on the machine age the alienation of the individual as he became a consumer. See more »

Goofs

When Ma puts the kids to bed, you can see the covers are rumpled. Then, when she attempts to turn off the lights, she hits the switch to put away the beds. When the beds come back down, you can see 3 of the 4 beds are neatly made and there are dolls instead of kids. When you see them in the next shot, they are as they were before they went into the wall. See more »

Quotes

Ma Kettle: [she and Pa are watching themselves on the news, and they're showing more children than just their 15] Turn that thing off before our family gets any bigger!
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Followed by Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953) See more »

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the FIRST ma & pa kettle - lots of laughs
30 July 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

This as the first of the Ma and Pa Kettle flicks. Marjorie Main (Ma) steals the show in anything she does. Funny to see Ida Moore as Emily, the daffy old lady on the train.. god she was ALWAYS old; she was in "Desk Set" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents". Their new house is also a co-star here -- its the house of the future with some really cool inventions that Pa doesn't care for. LOVE the painting gag. Keep an eye out for TOM... he starred in "Nanny & the Professor". Unfortunately he died real young... oddly enough, his last role was on the series "Death Cruise". weird. Directed by Charles Lamont, who not only directed several of the Kettle films, he also did a bunch of the Abbott and Costello flicks, so he must have known a thing or two about comedy. Fun story, plain, simple humor. Even the release date was April Fool's day, 1949. The story starts out by showing us what backward and country-folk they are (the neighbors are even Native Americans), but as the story progresses, we have sympathy and respect for them.


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