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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 »

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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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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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They've Got the Whole County In Hysterics! See more »

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

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Cork-tipped arrows would not pierce through hats or fabric, or stick in things like they do in the chase scene. See more »

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Followed by The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) See more »

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Christmas With The Kettles
20 April 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

After a bit of globetrotting the Kettles come back to Arkansas to both of their homes, the one that Pa Kettle won in a radio jingle contest in town and the old family farm. It's the old family farm and essay that son Brett Halsey wrote about life on same that forms the basis of the plot of Ma And Pa Kettle At Home.

Halsey's essay has put him in line for a two year college scholarship. He's tied with neighbor Alice Kelley whose father Irving Bacon has a top of the line farm in the county. He's also a miserly man whose small change still has buffaloes on the nickels and who spends more on his livestock than the family.

A pair of judges from New York from the magazine who ran the essays will decide who gets the scholarships. Ross Elliott gets into the country spirit, but Alan Mowbray is the most nervous sickly man ever created on the big screen or small until Adrian Monk. Living at the Kettle farm with the now 13 kids drives him to distraction.

The climax is an old fashioned country Christmas with the Kettles and the only thing that makes me curious is why Universal didn't hold this one up in release until the holiday season. It was released in March of 1954. In the end while Irving Bacon runs an efficient farm, Ma and Pa Kettle know how to run a happy home.

One of the best the Kettle series.


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