Ma and Pa Kettle

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  • G
  • 1949
  • 1 hr 16 min
  • 6.7  (1,466)

Ma and Pa Kettle is a family comedy movie that follows the lives of a rural farming couple named Ma and Pa Kettle. The movie, released in 1949, was directed by Charles Lamont and written by Jack Henley and Edward M. Kellogg. The movie boasts a star-studded cast, including Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long, and Meg Randall.

The story revolves around the lives of Ma and Pa Kettle, who are a simple and innocent couple living in a small rural town with their fifteen children. They live in a dilapidated farmhouse, which is on the verge of falling apart. Ma and Pa Kettle are always busy with their daily chores and do not have any time to spare for themselves.

One day, a city slicker real estate agent named Kim Parker comes to their town and expresses his desire to buy their farm. He convinces Ma and Pa Kettle to exchange their old house for a new, modern one in the city, which is a great deal for the Kettle family. The Kettles pack up their belongings and move to the new house, which Kim Parker claims to be their dream home.

However, the Kettles soon realize that life in the city is not as simple as they thought it would be. They find themselves struggling to adjust to their new environment, and they are uncomfortable with the modern amenities that come with their new house. Ma Kettle, who is used to cooking meals over an open fire, finds herself struggling to use the modern kitchen appliances.

Meanwhile, their son Tom, who had come to the city to study, is fascinated by the fast-paced city life and begins to neglect his studies. He starts spending most of his time going to parties and dancing with a young socialite named Kim Parker. This worries his parents, who feel that their son is losing track of his priorities.

As the movie progresses, the family gets into hilarious situations that are both memorable and entertaining. Ma Kettle begins to make her own rules and comes up with a unique solution to keep the family together. In the end, the family comes to realize that they belong to the countryside and decide to return to their old farmhouse.

Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride steal the show as Ma and Pa Kettle, respectively. Their chemistry and comic timing are impeccable and make for a delightful onscreen experience. Richard Long plays the role of Tom Kettle, their son, and does a good job of portraying the character's naivety and innocence.

The movie's other notable performances are by Meg Randall, who plays the role of Kim Parker, the young socialite, and Ray Collins, who plays the role of Jonathan Parker, Kim's father, a wealthy real estate developer. The movie's music and songs add to its lighthearted and comical nature.

Overall, Ma and Pa Kettle is a feel-good family comedy movie that will leave you with a smile on your face. Its simple yet heartwarming storyline and memorable characters make it a must-watch for anyone who loves light-hearted comedies.

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    1 hr 16 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (1,466)