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Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)

Approved | | Comedy | 10 March 1954 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Kay Lenard (screenplay), Kay Lenard (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle
Alan Mowbray ... Alphonsus Mannering
Alice Kelley Alice Kelley ... Sally Maddocks
Brett Halsey ... Elwin Kettle
Ross Elliott ... Pete Crosby
Mary Wickes ... Miss Wetter
Oliver Blake ... Geoduck
Stan Ross Stan Ross ... Crowbar
Emory Parnell ... Billy Reed
Irving Bacon ... John Maddocks
Virginia Brissac ... Martha Maddocks
Richard Eyer ... Billy Kettle
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Storyline

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 each. Pa makes numerous cosmetic improvements to his rundown home to impress the judges, but all wash away in a torrential rainstorm. Will the judges still award the scholarship to Elwin? Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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The Kettles Are Running Wild Again! See more »

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ma en Pa weer op de hoeve See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film takes place from December 1 to December 25, 1953. See more »

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The doggy-sweater is shown to be unravelling in a circular motion around the dog's neck, but then the loosening yarn "changes direction" and starts "travelling the other way" along the edge of the knitted fabric, and "magically" becoming re-woven and "adding" itself back onto the edge as it goes instead of being removed; obviously just a reused/reversed section of footage of the yarn unravelling. See more »

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Followed by The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm (1957) See more »

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DIshonesty is the best policy.
28 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When this installment of the Ma & Pa Kettle series begins, there is an announcement over the radio that the Kettle's son, Elwin (Brett Halsey) was a finalist in an essay contest. In this essay, he talked about the Kettle farm* as if it's an idyllic place--a picturesque showplace. If you've seen other Kettle films, you'll know that the place is a rundown dump--mostly because Mr. Kettle is the laziest man on Earth! There are two problems with Elwin winning the contest, however. First, two representatives of the essay contest (Alan Mowbray and Ross Elliot) will be coming to stay with the two finalists and their families! Second, Elwin's girlfriend is the other finalist. So, the family will try (in vain) to fool the reps into thinking the farm isn't a dump. But the Kettle place never will look as nice as the other farm. What's next? See the film.

This film is far lower in laughs than most of the Kettle films but it does make up for it with some nice sentimentality. It doesn't lay it on too thick (thankfully) and is a pleasant little B-movie. Worth seeing just to see Santa's sleigh near the end of the film!

*In one of the earliest films, the Kettles win a space-age and beautiful home. Yet, oddly, there's no reference to it in this movie and it's as if it just disappeared. Am I missing something? I don't remember any plots about aliens or the Internal Revenue or the banks taking this home.


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