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Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1953)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | April 1955 (USA)
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.

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Lee Sholem

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Jack Henley (screenplay), Harry Clork (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle
Lori Nelson ... Rosie Kettle
Byron Palmer ... Bob Baxter
Russell Johnson ... Eddie Nelson
Hilo Hattie Hilo Hattie ... Mama Lotus
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Rodney Kettle
Lowell Gilmore ... Robert Coates
Mabel Albertson ... Teresa Andrews
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Fulton Andrews
Oliver Blake ... Geoduck
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Crowbar
Esther Dale ... Birdie Hicks
Claudette Thornton ... Rodney Kettle's Secretary
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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.

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Country:

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Language:

English | Hawaiian

Release Date:

April 1955 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

O'ahu, Hawaii, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Bob Baxter: Say, I seem to be lost. Can you tell me where P.A. Kettle lives?
Birdie Hicks: P.A. Kettle?
Miss Pennyfeather: The only Kettles we know live down this street.
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Stretching the franchise pretty thin...
12 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki" is the last of the films in this series that starred Percy Kilbride as the title character, Pa Kettle. Considering the decline in quality, his choice to retire from films was not a bad one. Some fans of the series might really enjoy this one but others will probably just find it bizarre and ill-conceived.

When the film begins, you learn that over the years Pa Kettle has been corresponding with a cousin who now lives in Hawaii. The cousin is very successful and used to court Ma before she married...so Pa is trying to impress him with letters filled with all sorts of lies which make him sound like a business tycoon. The cousin surprisingly believes this and when his business and health are tottering on the edge, he calls for Pa to come to Hawaii to help him turn the company's fortunes for the better.

I actually did enjoy many of the Ma and Pa Kettle films but this one is ample evidence that the series had jumped the shark. Why are these country bumpkins in Hawaii, after all? And, the ending involving a Kettle-like Hawaiian family and organized crime is just slopping and stupid. Overall, a major disappointment and perhaps the reason Kilbride decided to call it a day. Also, the film sat for two years before being released...evidence that the studio also knew this one was a turkey.


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