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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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Storyline

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

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As the Kettles drive downtown their proximity to Grand Central Station varies between the location shots and those using rear projection. 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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Followed by The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957) See more »

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Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
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The Kettles Take Their Show to New York.
5 August 2002 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Although THE EGG AND I, which came before, introduced Ma and Pa Kettle (Marjorie Main/Percy Kilbride) to film audiences, this is the second of their series as principals. While residing in the modern home that the pair had won in their first solo adventure, Pa wins a trip for both to New York City, with their apparent only problem the locating of a babysitter for the 15 Kettle children, solved when Shotgun Mike Munger (Charles McGraw), a bank robber in search of a hideout is willing to take on this formidable assignment. The Kettles agree to deliver an empty bag belonging to Munger to his "brother" Louie (Gregg Martell) in Gotham, not realizing it contains $100,000 in stolen cash and the fun begins with gangsters tailing Pa and the police keeping a watch on the thugs, all while Shotgun Mike discovers the tribulations of dealing with a surfeit of wild Kettle offspring on the homestead. Veteran Charles Lamont, who wears the director's hat for most of the Kettle titles, is also at the helm of other series efforts for Universal, including several Abbott and Costello larks, and shows a sure hand at briskly moving this type of material. The reactions of the pair to big city life, widely different from their Pacific Northwest roots, forms the core of the comic scenes which comprise the bulk of this feature. Despite the defined character of the scenario, a string of episodic set pieces is primary, some of which are wonderfully funny, while nearly all work well in vaudeville fashion, especially for Kilbride and Main, with their portrayals and timing often borrowing from Laurel and Hardy. Sight gags are in generous supply, frequently presented apace so that the viewer must be alert for them amid the general hilarity. Richard Long acts as Tom Kettle, eldest of the brood, and he and his fiancee Kim (Meg Randall), both regulars of the series, are of particular assistance to their elders in this affair. The cast is well stocked with excellent character performers, notable among them being Martell as the leader of Munger's henchmen, along with Jim Backus as another bandit, and also present are Ray Collins, Bert Freed, Ellen Corby, Emory Parnell and Olan Soule. Special photography by David Horsley adds impact to a comedy that is completely light-hearted, one of the best of the Kettle series.


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