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Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 1 April 1950 (USA)
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

Writers:

Martin Ragaway (story and screenplay), Leonard Stern (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle
Richard Long ... Tom Kettle
Meg Randall ... Kim Parker Kettle
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Louie
Charles McGraw ... Shotgun Mike Munger
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Victoria Masterson
Jim Backus ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
Elliott Lewis Elliott Lewis ... Detective Sam Boxer
Paul McVey ... Harold Masterson
Bert Freed ... Dutch - Third New York Henchman
Hal March Hal March ... Detective Mike Eskow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Elizabeth Parker (scenes deleted)
Ray Collins ... Jonathan Parker (scenes deleted)
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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.

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dois Caipiras: Nas Altas Rodas See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

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In the first film, "Ma and Pa Kettle," Pa says there are five bathrooms in their new house. In "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town'" Pa says that there are only three bathrooms in the new house. See more »

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Harold Masterson: Are you the Kettle in underwear?
Pa Kettle: Yeah, but how did you know?
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Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
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Ma and Pa Kettle in New York City
5 July 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Happily ensconced in their luxurious push-button home of the future, Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride (as Ma and Pa Kettle) receive further good fortune. Mr. Kilbride has won an all-expenses paid trip to New York City, courtesy of the "Bubble-Ola" soda pop company. Hoping to turn the trip into a "second honeymoon," the Kettles leave their fourteen youngest "childrun" in the care of crooked Charles McGraw (as Mike "Shotgun" Munger), mistaking him for a kindly stranger.

The Kettles promise to deliver Mr. McGraw's black bag to his Gotham City brother, unaware it contains $100,000 in stolen cash. In the big city, Pa lose the bag, but find eldest son Richard Long (as Tom) trying to finance his incubator.

"Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town" is not only one of the best of the series, but also a funny film on its own. Making pancake popcorn, and eagerly accepting her invitation to the "Beauty Saloon," Ms. Main is in her element. Milking the cow to music, and testing the height of an Empire State Building, Mr. Kilbride shows perfect timing. Credit must be shared with Martin Ragaway and Leonard Stern, who contribute a consistently funny and finely fashioned script.

******** Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (4/1/50) Charles Lamont ~ Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Charles McGraw, Richard Long


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