“Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair” is a 1952 American comedy film directed by Charles Lamont and starring Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride as the titular characters, Ma and Pa Kettle. The film is the third installment in the “Ma and Pa Kettle” series.
The story follows the adventures of the Kettle family as they head to the State Fair. Along the way, they encounter a number of mishaps and misunderstandings, including a stolen pig, a runaway ferris wheel, and a case of mistaken identity. Meanwhile, Pa Kettle enters a tobacco-spitting contest and wins, earning him a prize of $200.
At the fair, the Kettles get caught up in a number of contests and competitions, including a cooking contest in which Ma Kettle’s apple pie wins first prize. However, they soon discover that the contest was rigged, and the prize money has been stolen.
With the help of their friend, the local sheriff, the Kettles set out to track down the thieves and recover the stolen money. Their investigation leads them to a group of con artists who have been cheating at various contests and stealing the prize money.
In the end, the Kettles manage to foil the con artists’ plans and recover the stolen money, and they return home victorious. The film ends with the Kettles relaxing on their porch, enjoying the fruits of their labor and reminiscing about their adventures at the fair.
Martin Ragaway, Leonard Stern, Jack Henley
Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, James Best