7.1/10
624
12 user 1 critic

Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951)

Approved | | Comedy | 20 June 1951 (Argentina)
The Kettles leave their ultra-modern home and return to the country looking for uranium. Ma and Tom's mother-in-law, Mrs. Parker, fight over whether their grandchild will be raised "hygienically".

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writer:

Jack Henley (story and screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, the large Kettle family is given a new, modern home after Pa wins a contest, but he is accused of plagiarizing his winning slogan by a jealous local woman.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Ma and Pa are trying to raise enough money at the county fair to send their daughter Rosie to college. Ma competes in baking and Pa enters a trotter in a horse race, while Rosie takes up with handsome young Marvin Johnson.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, James Best
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

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
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ma and Pa, along with daughter Rosie, go off to Hawaii in answer to cousin Rodney's call for help running his pineapple farm while he recovers from an illness. Pa soon causes a major explosion and gets himself kidnapped.

Director: Lee Sholem
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Lori Nelson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Elwin Kettle might win a scholarship to an agricultural college. Essay contest judges Mannering and Crosby decide to choose between the two finalists by spending a weekend at the home of ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Alan Mowbray
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Kettles are in Paris along with their daughter-in-law's parents the Parkers. Pa tries to buy racy postcards. He also gets in big trouble when he is given a letter to deliver to Adolph ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Ray Collins
The Egg and I (1947)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.

Director: Chester Erskine
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ma and Pa do their bit to hook lumberman Brad Johnson up with spoiled socialite Sally Flemming. Ma teaches Sally how to behave like a hick so she'll be compatible with Brad.

Director: Virgil W. Vogel
Stars: Marjorie Main, Parker Fennelly, Gloria Talbott
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Ma and the kids head back to the Ozarks for a visit with Pa's brother Uncle Sedge. He's working his way through a twenty years long relationship with Miss Bedelia Baines.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Marjorie Main, Arthur Hunnicutt, Una Merkel
The Old Maid (1939)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The arrival of an ex-lover on a young woman's wedding day sets in motion a chain of events which will alter her and her cousin's lives forever.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Bette Davis, Miriam Hopkins, George Brent
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Mexican-American sheriff must resort to violence against a powerful rancher in order to get just compensation for the pregnant Indian widow of a wrongly killed black man.

Director: Edwin Sherin
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Susan Clark, Frank Silvera
The Great Lie (1941)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After a newlywed's husband apparently dies in a plane crash, she discovers that her rival for his affections is now pregnant with his child.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marjorie Main ... Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride ... Pa Kettle
Richard Long ... Tom Kettle
Meg Randall ... Kim Parker Kettle
Ray Collins ... Jonathan Parker
Barbara Brown Barbara Brown ... Elizabeth Parker
Emory Parnell ... Billy Reed
Peter Leeds Peter Leeds ... Manson
Teddy Hart Teddy Hart ... Crowbar
Oliver Blake ... Geoduck
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucille Barkley Lucille Barkley ... (unconfirmed)
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... (unconfirmed)
Verna Kornman Verna Kornman ... (unconfirmed)
Anne P. Kramer Anne P. Kramer ... (unconfirmed)
Edit

Storyline

Tom Kettle and his wife, Kim, and their baby, are happily living with his parents in their new home, until Kim's uppity parents from Boston come for a visit. They proceed to take over the rearing of the baby and the whole Kettle household , and Ma and Pa Kettle decide to move back to their ramshackle farm house. There, they discover uranium on their property, or think they did. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Back where the FUN began!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1951 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Chega de Encrencas See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This marked the final appearance of Richard Long as the eldest, and college educated, son Tom. In later films the character would be referred to in dialog but not seen. See more »

Goofs

When Jonathan Parker comes into the kitchen to get breakfast for his "ailing" wife, he goes over to the stove where Ma is cooking grits. A shadow of the boom microphone can be seen moving on a pillar behind him. See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Parker: What name have you decided to give the child?
Kim Parker Kettle: Well, we sort of thought we'd name him after his father.
Elizabeth Parker: Thomas? Oh, but, my dear, Thomas is such an ordinary name, it has no... no character, no color.
Ma Kettle: Thomas Jefferson's name was Thomas!
See more »

Connections

Followed by Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiger Rag
(uncredited)
Written by Nick LaRocca, Edwin B. Edwards, Henry Ragas, Tony Sbarbaro, and Larry Shields
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Who knows the most about raising kids?
5 May 2006 | by stevehaynieSee all my reviews

Before Kim Parker met Tom Kettle, she had written about the importance of hygiene in raising a child. In Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm we see where she got that idea!

The first Kettle grandchild is born, so Kim's parents travel to see their grandchild. After worrying about making a good impression upon meeting Kim's parents, Ma finds herself a new nemesis. Kim's mother is a nut who takes over the Kettles' house with her views on hygiene. She hires a nurse for the baby and makes everyone, including Ma, where a mask around the baby. It is abundantly clear that Ma knows how to take care of children. That absurdity makes the situation all the more funny.

Kim's father befriends the Kettles and helps them when uranium is "discovered" on their old farm. With the newfound wealth is newfound trouble good for a few laughs.

Familiar faces and settings returned once again in Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm . Rather than recycle all the old jokes, only a couple made it into the movie. The modern house is only used for one gag, and the radio in the old house is used again. Pa still casually uses dynamite with all the danger it brings. There was enough continuity to respect the prior films while creating a new adventure and introducing more characters.

With each movie in the series the sophistication of Ma Kettle becomes more and more apparent. Not only was she a vehicle for comedy, but for real human emotion. The balance was clearly a collaboration of everyone involved. Marjorie Main was given great scenes to work with. Despite being known for comedy, the Ma and Pa Kettle series had a subtle serious side as well.


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed