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Ma & Pa Kettle Complete Comedy Collection (1947)

Fred MacMurray , Marjorie Main  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Marjorie Main, Claudette Colbert, Percy Kilbride
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Run Time: 823 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DDN51A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Disc 1 - The Egg and I:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 2 - Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 3 - Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 3 - Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Disc 4 - Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki:
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Ma and Pa Kettle have their hands full with a ramshackle farm and a brood of ramshackle children. When the future comes a-callin' in the form of modern houses, exotic locales and newfangled ideas, Ma and Pa must learn how to make the best of it with luck, pluck and a little country charm.

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    136 of 136 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Glad they finally did this right! September 29, 2011
    By jrc
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    Uni's new release of the MA & PA KETTLE films is remarkable for two reasons. One, the movies are presented on single-sided discs (2 films per disc). Two, they included the last two films in the series. Sadly, it took TCM to license the last two films (which they titled THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE KETTLES) for Universal to even have the reason (and the new transfers) to issue this complete set. The last two films are presented in anamorphic widescreen 1.85:1. At least 4 of the others should have been, but Universal just lazily used the same full-frame (open matte) transfers from the previous releases. Those quibbles aside, bravo to Universal for getting this set out at a very affordable price.

    As to the customer who mentioned that their set had only four discs....the fifth disc is attached to the inner back cover, and not on the center flippers.
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    122 of 123 people found the following review helpful
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    In 1946 Author Betty MacDonald wrote a Best Seller "The Egg and I". In 1947 Universal Pictures made it into one of the most popular movies starring Oscar Winner Claudette Colbert & Fred MacMurray as a newly wed city folk gone country chicken farmers. And Majorie Main & Percy Kilbride as; "MA & PA KETTLE" the mad cap country neighbors with 15 kids. "The Egg and I" and the Kettles were so popular that Universal Pictures made a sequel starring the "Kettles" in "The Further Adventures of Ma Aand Pa Kettle" IN 1949. Again so successful were the Kettles 9 more hilarious films followed. Main & Kilbride were the perfect team & the first Beverly Hillbilly type comedies.

    All 10 films on 5 disks are Standard Format and in Black & White remastered pisture and sound (Excellent quality even on a blu-ray player).
    The original release of the series was released on DVD in 2004 in 2 volumes with 4 films per set. NOTE: the last 2 films; The Kettles in the Ozarks and The Kettles on Old MacDonalds Farm weren't included in the original since Percy Kilbride (due to illness he was absent from them). (Kettles vs Ma & Pa).

    Summary: Disk 1 "The Egg and I"* - (1947) has newly weds Bob & Betty MacDonald (Colbert & MacMurray) giving up the city life for the life of chicken farmers "EGGS" in the state of Washington. Their 40 acre run down farm becomes the a real challenge along with their scatterbrained/madcap nighbors the destitute Kettle clan (with 15 kids).This is an Outstanding story, perfect ensemble cast with hilarious results. The perfect launch title for the "Kettles". Next came; "MA & PA Kettle" (1949) - The procrastinating PA's (Kilbride) obsession to enter contests proves to be a winner. The fun really begins now, the Grand prize is a new hi-tech style house of the future.
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    54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars great fun September 10, 2011
    This is a very endearing and lovable series which is all about funny things that happen in Ma and Pa Kettle's home and all the mischiefs that their fifteen offspring's are up to.

    The series started with The Egg and I (1947) starring my favourite actress Claudette Colbert.Her Husband Fred MacMurray buys a property in the suburbs which actually is a village with the idea of setting up a Egg Farm and earning profit from it.But all his efforts fall apart as one misfortune after another follows and Claudette Colbert's patience is umpteenth time tested.Ma and Pa Kettle are their neighbour played by MARJORIE MAIN and PERCY KILBRIDE.After this movie Ma and Pa Kettle series started which continued for 9 more movies which still delight audience with their riotous humour and crazy antics.

    Marjorie Main is tall heavy built and powerful,she is the brainy and decisive one.Percy Kilbride is thin unassuming,lazy and speaks in dragging voice.Their are two Red Indians too who work on their farm.

    Most remarkable is the dinner time when Ma shouts "come and get it" and all fifteen kids rush in to the dinner table.There's a old radio which change channels whenever Pa jumps on his rocking chair.Then there are those hens who keep laying eggs in unimaginable places especially in guest's hats.Once they are shown in a really modern house with all kinds of innovative gadgets beating even those new James Bond movies.They keep taking part in various contests and keep winning strange prizes.Once a convict hoodwinks them to stay in the house and look after children while they are gone.But kids prove to be too much for him.A bit of TinTin like adventure here too when a guy a asks Pa to deliver an envelope to himself in Paris but gets killed on arrival in his hotel room.
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    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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    Many people have fond memories of Ma and Pa Kettle, a wonderfully hick, but somehow hip comedy team. Ma (Marjorie Main) and Pa, (Percy Kilbride) were laid back parents of fifteen youngsters. In 1947 they co-starred with Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray in "The Egg and I," the first film in this series. Their outlandish personalities drew in an audience that launched their careers. In this particular set there are two movies on each DVD. If you are old enough to have actually seen them at the movies when you were a kid you'll love seeing them as much as those who saw the reruns every now and then in future decades.

    My only disappointment was when Parker Fennelly was cast as Pa in "The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm." No doubt his performance was stellar, but the "real" Pa was inimitable and somehow irreplaceable. Regardless, this madcap post Vaudevillian comedy series is great entertainment and I enjoyed going back in time to watch the unforgettable team of Ma and Pa Kettle.


    (1) The Egg and I (1 hr. 48 minutes, 1947)

    Two newly weds, Betty (Claudette Colbert) and Bob (Fred MacMurray) try their hand at chicken farming. This is the first time Ma and Pa Kettle are seen on the screen.

    (2) Ma and Pa Kettle (1 hr. 16 minutes, 1949)

    The Kettles, who live in a dilapidated farmhouse, end up living in a futuristic home when Pa wins the King Henry Tobacco Company slogan contest.

    (3) Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1 hr. 20 minutes, 1950)

    Pa simple doesn't settle for winning the "house-of-the-future," he decides to enter another contest held by the Bubble-Ola company. An all expenses paid trip to New York City is on the agenda, but who will take care of the kids?
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BUY THIS
    It stunk, I didn't like it. It was unfunny.
    Published 16 minutes ago by Dan Dotson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Much enjoyed. Have watched repeatedly
    Much enjoyed. Have watched repeatedly. Would recommend to anyone. Great gift for friends.
    Published 13 hours ago by Allan Hamilton
    5.0 out of 5 stars tops
    This is a complete DVD set of ma'am Pa Kettle fantastic movie series is good sound and picture quality
    Published 2 days ago by paul block
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    we like to watch those old shows
    Published 2 days ago by duatam
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Great DVD's 10 enjoyable films for the whole family.
    Published 3 days ago by Jim
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    very great
    Published 4 days ago by koffiekid
    4.0 out of 5 stars Super - except for a bad #5 disk (unwatchable)
    Still awaiting word on a replacement #5 disk. First 4 disks wonderful, clear, crisp films. Great series. I recommend it, all G-rated for family fare.
    Published 20 days ago by Robert A. Risner
    5.0 out of 5 stars Old fashioned laugh's
    I've seen most of these in my childhood but I forgot how entertaining they can be. even my grandkids watched them and laughed. now that's a sure sign that it is great comedy.
    Published 21 days ago by Alma Atkinson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely 5 Stars!
    It is really great to be able to get these films in DVD!! And just as I expected, quick delivery!
    Published 29 days ago by Clifford A. Boand
    5.0 out of 5 stars Side--splitting Laughter
    In this great Ma & Pa DVD they will make you laugh so much that you may have to leave the room for a break!!!!
    Published 1 month ago by Gary B. Stephenson
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