Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953) - Rotten Tomatoes

Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953)





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This fifth entry in Universal's "Ma and Pa Kettle" series finds the Kettle family taking a trip to Paris (courtesy of the Universal back lot). All the standard "innocents abroad" gags are in attendance, including Pa Kettle's (Percy Kilbride) efforts to extinguish a flaming serving of crepes suzettes, and Ma's (Marjorie Main) entanglement with a team of Apache dancers. Somewhere along the way, the Kettles agree to help the American authorities trap a gang of international spies. A running gag finds Pa Kettle trying to purchase a set of postcards depicting "zee beauties of Paree." There's even a throwaway joke about the Marshall Plan! Sharp-eyed viewers will spot Rita Moreno as a nightclub chanteuse in one scene. Of the nine "Kettle" programmers produced by Universal, Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation is arguably the most memorable.


Marjorie Main
as Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride
as Pa Kettle
Bodil Miller
as Inez Kraft
Ray Collins
as Jonathan Parker
Sig Rumann
as Cyrus Kraft
Barbara Brown
as Elizabeth Parker
Ivan Triesault
as Henri Dupre
Oliver Blake
as Geoduck
Teddy Hart
as Crowbar
Peter Brocco
as Adolph Wade
Jean De Briac
as Chef Chantilly
Jack Kruschen
as Jacques Amien
Ken Terrell
as Taxicab Driver
Alice Kelley
as Stewardess
Rita Moreno
as Soubrette
John Eldredge
as Masterson
Sherry Jackson
as Susie Kettle
Gary Lee Jackson
as Billy Kettle
Billy Clark
as George Kettle
Jackie Jackson
as Henry Kettle
Elana Schreiner
as Nancy Kettle
Ronnie Rondell Jr.
as Dannie Kettle
Margaret Brown
as Ruthie Kettle
Jon Gardner
as Benjamin Kettle
Jenny Linder
as Sara Kettle
Beverly Mook
as Eve Kettle
Donna Leary
as Sally Kettle
Robert E. Scott
as Teddy Kettle
George Arglen
as Willie Kettle
Gloria Pall
as French Girl
Sam Harris
as Plane Passenger
Carli Elinor
as Orchestra Leader
Dave Willock
as Franklin
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Although Marjorie Main got top billing, this film actually stars Percy Kilbride, who gets tangled up with international spies while over in Paris. All of the usual Hollywood hokum about characters from rural communities is here to see (like Pa Kettles reaction to eating escargot) until the guileless pair return to the States. It's inoffensive for the most part, and cute.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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