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The Egg and I (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | May 1947 (USA)
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.

Director:

Chester Erskine

Writers:

Betty MacDonald (novel), Chester Erskine (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Betty MacDonald
Fred MacMurray ... Bob MacDonald
Marjorie Main ... Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
Louise Allbritton ... Harriet Putnam
Percy Kilbride ... Frank 'Pa' Kettle
Richard Long ... Tom Kettle
Billy House ... Billy Reed
Ida Moore ... Old Lady
Donald MacBride ... Mr. Henty
Samuel S. Hinds ... Sheriff
Esther Dale ... Birdie Hicks
Elisabeth Risdon ... Betty's Mother
John Berkes ... Geoduck
Victor Potel ... Crowbar (as Vic Potel)
Fuzzy Knight ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

On their wedding night Bob informs his new bride Betty that he has bought a chicken farm. An abandoned chicken farm, to be exact, which is obvious when the two move in. Betty endures Bob's enthusiasm for the rural life, rustic inconveniences, and battling nature, but her patience is severely tested when glamorous neighbor Harriet Putnam seems to set her sights on Bob. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El huevo y yo See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Features Marjorie Main's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »

Goofs

The car's driver-side window is most of the way rolled down as the car "limps" on its flat tire into the driveway, then the window is half-way up as Bob gets out. See more »

Quotes

Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle: Last money I saved up, Pa put it in a couple of minks he was goin' to breed to make us a fortune. They up and died before they got around to breedin'.
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Connections

Followed by The Egg and I (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Hawaii Sang Me To Sleep
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Written by Frank Loesser and Matty Malneck
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Enjoyable
4 March 2000 | by Monika-5See all my reviews

I found this to be a very cute and charming little movie. Claudette Colbert was a hoot as the long suffering Betty, and Fred MacMurray was equally as good as Bob, trying so hard to achieve success but neglecting Betty in the process. Ma and Pa Kettle steal the whole film out from under them, so it's no big surprise they got their own film series after this. A warm and funny movie all around.


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