Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm

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Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
Ma and Pa Kettle theatrical release poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Edward Sedgwick
Produced by Leonard Goldstein
Written by Jack Henley
Starring Marjorie Main
Percy Kilbride
Music by Joseph Gershenson
Cinematography Charles Van Enger
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Distributed by Universal-International
Release dates
  • May 10, 1951 (1951-05-10) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,350,000 (US rentals)[1]

Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm is a 1951 American comedy film directed by Edward Sedgwick. It is the third installment of Universal-International's Ma and Pa Kettle franchise starring Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride. It was also the last completed film of director Sedgwick's long career.


Ma and Pa Kettle come home after their fun and exciting trip to New York City only to find out that they're going to become grandparents. Tom's wife Kim is expecting a child. As Tom frets about the pregnancy, the whole Kettle household is happy with the family's newest addition. Right in the middle of their breakfast the Kettles receive a telegram delivered by Alvin, the Western Union delivery boy, from Jonathan and Elizabeth Parker (Kim's parents) declaring that they will soon arrive at the Kettle house to see the newborn.

Ma hushes everybody, but to her surprise the in-laws have just arrived and are waiting for them outside. Ma goes out to greet them but the Kettle children fight over the Parkers' luggage which they're supposed to bring into the house. The Parkers are refined Bostonians and their first impression of the Kettles leaves them astounded. Ma and Elizabeth don't get acquainted very well—which is the reason why the Kettles leave their ultra-modern house to return to their beloved ramshackle farmhouse.



The film was originally entitled Ma and Pa Kettle Have a Baby.[2] Filming started 11 February 1950.[3]


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1951', Variety, January 2, 1952
  2. ^ MAIN AND KILBRIDE LISTED FOR COMEDY: 'Ma and Pa Kettle Have Baby' Will Be Third in UniversalInternational's Series By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 02 Jan 1950: 27.
  3. ^ METRO PLANNING NEW WAR PICTURE: TO ACT IN BENEFIT By THOMAS F. BRADY Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 25 Jan 1950: 20.

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