Friday, April 30, 2010

Movie Friday: Ma and Pa Kettle

The Ma and Pa Kettle movie series started from the movie The Egg and I, in which Ma and Pa and their clan were characters, but not the main characters.  Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride...Ma (Marjorie) reminds me so much of my Granny.  My grandparents bought the whole series (I think) on VHS for my sister and me back in the early-mid 1990s.  I'll have to dig them out sometime and convert them to DVD.  Marjorie Main played a similar "trailerite" character in the Lucy and Desi movie "The Long, Long Trailer."

Ma and Pa Kettle have 15 children (they would have their own show on TLC these days) and in this movie, Pa enters a slogan writing contest so that he can get a new tobacco pouch and winds an amazing house of the future.

If you haven't watched a Ma & Pa Kettle movie, you've really missed out!  Great old fashioned family comedy!

I tried to find a clip to show the amazing mid-century house that they won, but was unable to find a clip online.  As a teacher, I do however enjoy this fun clip featuring Ma and Pa teaching a math lesson on how 25 divided by 5 is 14.  You...well, you'll just have to watch the clip to see how this one works out!

I don't think that the above math clip is from the movie I'm featuring today, but from one of the others in the series.  Still, it's good clean fun!

Have a fantastic Friday!


  1. Great choice! I love these movies, the reasoning, the wacky situations just everything about it!

  2. These clips are so funny! I'm not sure I have seen Ma and Pa Kettle before, so I am delighted to discover them. My "Mamaw" is very much like Ma Kettle!

  3. I have always loved Ma and Pa - haven't watched them in years though.


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