“Ma and Pa Kettle at Home” is a classic American comedy film released in 1954, directed by Charles Lamont and starring Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride. The film follows the Kettle family, a rural farming couple who live with their many children and animals in a dilapidated house in the countryside.
The movie starts with Ma Kettle winning a jingle-writing contest for a brand of soap, which earns the family a brand new house, complete with modern conveniences. However, the Kettles quickly realize that they are not used to such luxury and struggle to adapt to their new surroundings.
Meanwhile, their neighbor, Birdie Hicks, and her scheming husband, George, try to swindle the Kettles out of their new home. They use various tactics to try and scare the family away, including hiring a fake ghost and planting evidence that makes it look like the Kettles’ new house is built on a cursed Indian burial ground.
Despite these challenges, Ma and Pa Kettle remain determined to keep their new home, and with the help of their children and some clever strategies, they manage to outsmart the Hicks and keep their house.
The film is a lighthearted comedy that celebrates the simplicity and perseverance of rural life, and it remains a beloved classic to this day.
Kay Lenard, Betty MacDonald
Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Alan Mowbray