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.
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.
Ma and Pa are trying to raise enough money at the county fair to send their daughter Rosie to college. Ma competes in baking and Pa enters a trotter in a horse race, while Rosie takes up with handsome young Marvin Johnson.
Elwin Kettle might win a scholarship to an agricultural college. Essay contest judges Mannering and Crosby decide to choose between the two finalists by spending a weekend at the home of ... See full summary »
Ma and Pa, along with daughter Rosie, go off to Hawaii in answer to cousin Rodney's call for help running his pineapple farm while he recovers from an illness. Pa soon causes a major explosion and gets himself kidnapped.
The Kettles are in Paris along with their daughter-in-law's parents the Parkers. Pa tries to buy racy postcards. He also gets in big trouble when he is given a letter to deliver to Adolph ... See full summary »
On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.
Tom Kettle and his wife, Kim, and their baby, are happily living with his parents in their new home, until Kim's uppity parents from Boston come for a visit. They proceed to take over the rearing of the baby and the whole Kettle household , and Ma and Pa Kettle decide to move back to their ramshackle farm house. There, they discover uranium on their property, or think they did.Written by
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This marked the final appearance of Richard Long as the eldest, and college educated, son Tom. In later films the character would be referred to in dialog but not seen. See more »
When Jonathan Parker comes into the kitchen to get breakfast for his "ailing" wife, he goes over to the stove where Ma is cooking grits. A shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on a pillar behind him. See more »
Income tax? What's that?
Well, income tax supports the government.
You mean, Pa and me's got to support all our kids and the government too?
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One of the director's final films - Edward Sedgwick died two years after making this third chapter of Ma & Pa Kettle. In this one, after Kim, the daughter-in-law has a new baby, her snobby parents come to visit the Kettles in the fancy house that they had won in the first film. This also marks the first and last time I ever saw Marjorie Mains with her long hair down. Pa does a fun mathematics gag on the chalkboard, and on it goes. Ray Collins is Jonathan Parker - viewers will recognize Collins from the Perry Mason show, and the bazillion films he did in the 1940s. Also keep an eye out for a brief appearance by Harry Von Zell; in addition to all the voice-over work, he did numerous episodes on the "Burns and Allen" show. Swindlers try to buy the Kettles' old farmland when it turns out there's something valuable in it... (sound familiar...?) They do a good job of continuing the Kettle story, in spite of the fact that it has different writers. Fun way to spend about an hour and a half. A little more sadness and fighting in this one than the others, but still entertaining.
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