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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:

Placide et Zoé à New York See more »

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Sound Mix:

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Pa Kettle: Three bathrooms and I still can't get in.
Ma Kettle: Ya got to expect that when ya got 15 kids.
Pa Kettle: Maybe we should have had less kids and more bathrooms.
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Followed by The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957) See more »

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Tiger Rag
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Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
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Chapter two for ma & pa kettle
30 July 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Also released on April Fools Day, this next Ma & Pa Kettle flick has most of the same cast as the first. At the very end of first one, Pa had won a trip to the big city as part of a contest, and that's where this one picks up. It opens with Ma making breakfast, and there's a great joke with popcorn and pancakes... another funny is the Native American's plan to buy back Manhattan.... keep an eye out for Jim Backus as a thug in a smallish part, YEARS before he was Thurston Howell III, and Richard Long (Nanny & the Professor, died quite young). Dan Yowlachie, plays the neighbor "Crowbar" in this one as well; he was a Yakima Native American who was probably glad to do something other than Westerns, and was also an opera singer. In this picture, we flash back and forth between the Kettles chasing after those disappearing bags in NYC, then back to the crook babysitting the children back at the house. The plot is a little more complicated and disjointed than the first Kettle movie, but it all works out in the clothes-wringer! Good, clean cut fun with jokes and gags thrown into the cops and robbers story.


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