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Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)

Approved | | Comedy | 25 July 1952 (Australia)
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.

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Charles Barton

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John Grant, Jack Henley (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle
James Best ... Marvin Johnson
Lori Nelson ... Rosie Kettle
Esther Dale ... Birdie Hicks
Emory Parnell ... Billy Reed
Oliver Blake ... Geoduck
Russell Simpson ... Clem Johnson
Rex Lease ... Sheriff
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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.

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma and Pa Kettle at the County Fair See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ma Kettle was born in 1900. See more »

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In one scene, Pa says that he and Ma have been married for 25 years. Later in the film, Ma says that they have been married for 30 years. See more »

Quotes

Ma Kettle: Graduate high school one week, go to work the next. Ain't you ever gonna take a vacation?
Rosie Kettle: Ma, what did I tell you about "ain't"? Now listen, I *am not* taking a vacation, you *are not* taking a vacation, we *are not* taking a vacation, get it?
Ma Kettle: Yep, ain't nobody taking a vacation.
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Ma and Pa Kettle Stay Home
5 July 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride in "Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair" have suddenly acquired an attractive, well-spoken college-bound daughter, with the arrival of pretty blonde Lori Nelson (as Rosie Kettle). She and handsome boyfriend James Best (as Marvin Johnson) are obviously cast as replacements for eldest son "Tom" and wife "Kim" (who have moved to another town). To raise money for their sprouted daughter's education, "Ma" wants to enter her jam in the annual "Cape Flattery County Fair" contest. But, in a mix-up, she enters her name in a horse-racing event. Now, "Pa" must get tired old "Emma" ready to race.

This unusually routine "Ma and Pa Kettle" film series entry has none of the satirical culture clashing situations which made the earlier films so funny, though there are a few good gags. Also notably absent are the brood of wild, rambunctious children; herein, they've been practically tamed. The "childrun" we were previously advised to "beware of" now turn off the television and go to bed when asked, and sweetly sing "Bringing in the Sheaves" in church. One of the film's best bits is how the Kettle kids drop coins in the church collection plate; it almost serves as a protest against the script, which offers only a little fun.

***** Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (7/11/52) Charles Barton ~ Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Lori Nelson, James Best


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