Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1953)

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“Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki” is a 1953 American comedy film directed by Lee Sholem and starring Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride as the title characters, Ma and Pa Kettle. The film is the fifth installment in the “Ma and Pa Kettle” film series.

The film follows Ma and Pa Kettle as they win a trip to Hawaii in a contest, and bring their fifteen children along with them. The Kettle family’s arrival in Hawaii causes a series of mishaps and misunderstandings, as they struggle to adjust to the unfamiliar surroundings and customs of the island.

While in Hawaii, the Kettles encounter a wealthy businessman named Morgan (Raymond Burr), who takes an interest in their large family and offers to help them out financially. However, Morgan’s true intentions are not entirely altruistic, and the Kettles soon find themselves caught up in a web of deception and greed.

Throughout the film, Ma and Pa Kettle rely on their wits and their strong family bond to navigate the challenges they face in Hawaii. Along the way, they make new friends, learn important lessons about life and love, and of course, get into plenty of hilarious hijinks.

In the end, Ma and Pa Kettle manage to outsmart Morgan and emerge victorious, proving once again that with a little bit of luck and a lot of love, anything is possible.

Lee Sholem

Jack Henley, Harry Clork, Elwood Ullman

Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Lori Nelson

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