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Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime | 1 April 1950 (USA)
When Pa wins a jingle-writing contest, he and Ma head for New York City. They they get in trouble with gangsters when they lose some stolen money which they had already agreed to deliver to one of the thugs.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Martin Ragaway (story and screenplay), Leonard Stern (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle
Richard Long ... Tom Kettle
Meg Randall ... Kim Parker Kettle
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Louie
Charles McGraw ... Shotgun Mike Munger
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Victoria Masterson
Jim Backus ... Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
Elliott Lewis Elliott Lewis ... Detective Sam Boxer
Paul McVey ... Harold Masterson
Bert Freed ... Dutch - Third New York Henchman
Hal March Hal March ... Detective Mike Eskow
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Elizabeth Parker (scenes deleted)
Ray Collins ... Jonathan Parker (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When Pa wins a jingle-writing contest, he and Ma head for New York City. They they get in trouble with gangsters when they lose some stolen money which they had already agreed to deliver to one of the thugs.

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Their NEWEST and Most Hilarious Adventure!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Placide et Zoé à New York See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Third of eight films in which Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride portrayed Ma and Pa Kettle. See more »

Goofs

In the first film, "Ma and Pa Kettle," Pa says there are five bathrooms in their new house. In "Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town'" Pa says that there are only three bathrooms in the new house. See more »

Quotes

Harold Masterson: Are you the Kettle in underwear?
Pa Kettle: Yeah, but how did you know?
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Followed by The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956) See more »

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Tiger Rag
(uncredited)
Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
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I Like It, I Really Like It
13 June 2008 | by JasonLeeSmithSee all my reviews

I purchased the DVD which contained "Ma and Pa Kettle Go To Town" on deep discount. I have very fond memories of seeing the "Ma and Pa Kettle" movies on Television when I was a child. Of course, the things which make a seven year old laugh and the things which make a 37 year old laugh are often very different. When I watched this movie, though, I was surprised to see that I still found it quite enjoyable. In particular, I was quite impressed at Percy Kilbride's comic skills as Pa Kettle. He had a wonderful deadpan delivery. Marjorie Main gives the same robust performance which she brought to almost all her roles as a character actress, and, as always, it is fun.

In general, don't look at this film for great plot, or production values, but its got wonderful comic acting, and some genuine laughs.


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