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FULL SYNOPSIS

The title couple and their enormous brood of bumpkins made their movie debut in the film version of Betty McDonald's humorous book (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. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Cast

Marjorie Main
as Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride
as Pa Kettle
Richard Long
as Tom Kettle
Meg Randall
as Kim Parker
Esther Dale
as Mrs. Birdie Hicks
Barry Kelley
as Mr. Tomkins
Ida Moore
as Emily
Emory Parnell
as Billy Reed
Boyd Davis
as Mr. Simpson
Alvin Hammer
as Alvin
Lester Allen
as Geoduck
Dewey Robinson
as Giant Man
Audrey Young
as Secretary
Rex Lease
as Sheriff
Gene Persson
as Ted Kettle
Beverly Mook
as Eve Kettle
Melinda Plowman
as Susie Kettle
Harry Tyler
as Ticket Agent
Sam McDaniel
as Waiter
Ted Stanhope
as Steward
Eddy Waller
as Mr. Green
Donna Leary
as Sally Kettle
Elana Schreiner
as Nancy Kettle
George Arglen
as Willie Kettle
Harry V. Cheshire
as Fletcher
Sam McDaniel
as Waiter
Dewey Robinson
as Giant Man
Elana Schreiner
as Nancy Kettle
Gene Persson
as Ted Kettle
Donna Leary
as Sally Kettle
Eddy Waller
as Mr. Green
Ted Stanhope
as Steward
Audrey Young
as Secretary
Harry Tyler
as Ticket Agent
Melinda Plowman
as Susie Kettle
Beverly Mook
as Eve Kettle
Rex Lease
as Sheriff
George Arglen
as Willie Kettle

Crew

Charles Lamont
Director
Betty MacDonald
Book Author
Herbert Margolis
Screenwriter
Lou Morheim
Screenwriter
Maury Gertsman
Cinematographer
Russell Schoengarth
Editor
Bernard Herzbrun
Production Designer
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