Ma and Pa Kettle (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)





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The title couple and their enormous brood of bumpkins made their movie debut in the film version of Betty McDonald's humorous book The Egg and I (1947) where they appeared as supporting characters. Audiences found them funny and so the characters got their own long-running series of B movies. Ma and Pa Kettle is the first in that series and centers on the exploits of the impoverished hayseed family after Pa wins a contest by writing a jim-dandy slogan for a tobacco company. The Kettle's prize is a brand new, ultra modern, fully automated home. It's a good thing too, for Ma, Pa and their 15 kids were about to get booted out of their previous wreck of a home. Of course the film is at its funniest when the Kettles are trying to figure out how to operate their fancy new digs.


Percy Kilbride
as Pa Kettle
Marjorie Main
as Ma Kettle
Richard Long
as Tom Kettle
Meg Randall
as Kim Parker
Audrey Young
as Secretary
Patricia Alphin
as Secretary
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Birdie Hicks
Barry Kelley
as Mr. Tomkins
Harry Antrim
as Mayor Swiggins
Isabel O'Madigan
as Mrs. Hicks's Mother
Ida Moore
as Emily
Emory Parnell
as Billy Reed
Boyd Davis
as Mr. Simpson
O.Z. Whitehead
as Mr. Billings
Ray Bennett
as Sam Rogers
Lester Allen
as Geoduck
Rex Lease
as Sheriff
Dale Belding
as Danny Kettle
Teddy Infur
as George Kettle
George McDonald
as Henry Kettle
Robin Winans
as Billy Kettle
Gene Persson
as Ted Kettle
Paul Dunn
as Donny Kettle
Margaret Brown
as Ruthie Kettle
Beverly Wook
as Eve Kettle
Diane Florentine
as Sara Kettle
Gloria Moore
as Rosie Kettle
Beverly Mook
as Eve Kettle
Melinda Plowman
as Susie Kettle
Harry Tyler
as Ticket Agent
Dewey Robinson
as Giant Man
Ted Stanhope
as Steward
Eddy Waller
as Mr. Green
John Wald
as Dick Palmer
Donna Leary
as Salty Kettle
Elana Schreiner
as Nancy Kettle
George Arglen
as Willie Kettle
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