The Adventures of Ma & Pa Kettle, Vol. 1

The Adventures of Ma & Pa Kettle, Vol. 1

Marjorie Main
Director: Charles Lamont, Chester Erskine, Edward Sedgwick
Cast: Marjorie Main
Charles Lamont, Chester Erskine, Edward Sedgwick,

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The Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle, Volume 1 is an entertaining film compilation and, given its generous running time and low price, one difficult to complain about. The two-sided single disc in a slipcase contains one classic A-movie comedy, The Egg and I (1947), starring Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, and three B-movie comedies -- The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle (1949), Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950), Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951) -- built around the two characters played by Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, and all for the cost of a single, front-line DVD release of a modern title. The movies are in good shape, mastered in full-frame (1.33:1), though it's clear that Universal has not done any serious searching for materials. The best of the movies, Chester Erskine's The Egg and I, looks clean, though very slightly soft, as though the source were not quite the 35 mm answer-print or first-generation negative that would be ideal; it's not that it's bad in any way, just not as perfect in its sharpness as it should ideally be. The later Ma and Pa Kettle movies here actually look very slightly better than the first two pictures in the collection. The Egg and I comes with a reissue trailer, and The Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle has the original trailer, which opens with Main and Kilbride addressing the camera directly, re-using a gimmick that turns up at the opening of The Egg and I involving Claudette Colbert. Each movie has been given a very generous 18 chapters and comes with a selection of Spanish and French subtitles with optional English captions. The triple-layer menu on each side opens automatically, offering the side's film selection and the feature selection on each movie. The annotation and plot descriptions are minimal, but adequate.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
UPC: 0025192422720
Source: Universal Studios
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Sound: [stereo]
Time: 5:45:00

Special Features

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Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Side 1
1. Breaking New Roads (Main Titles)
2. Get Ready, Betty
3. Good Clean Air
4. Being Neighborly
5. Bright Young Man
6. Talking With Ma
7. Lunch With Miss Putnam
8. The Outdoorsman
9. Dinner for Two
10. A Man's Job
11. Quaint Meeting
12. Barnyard Glamour
13. Fire!
14. Never Quit
15. The Best Men Are Taken
16. Tonight's the Night
17. "I'm Through!"
18. Back to Bob (End Titles)
1. Main Titles
2. Free Trip
3. Burglar at Large
4. "In the Hands of a Stranger"
5. New York City
6. Lost Bag
7. Trouble at Home
8. Sightseeing
9. Wrong Bag
10. Mixed Up
11. Full Treatment
12. "Don't Feed the Animals"
13. Arrested
14. Money Bag
15. All Tied Up
16. The Party
17. "Start the Music"
18. End Titles
Side #2 -- Side 2
1. Main Titles
2. A Disgrace to the Community
3. Grand Prize Winner
4. Rich or Poor?
5. The Prize Presentation
6. Home of the Future
7. Most Important Man in Town
8. Getting Acquainted
9. Learn to Be Neat
10. Family Supper
11. Housewarming Party
12. Artificial Incubator
13. Sprucin' Up
14. Scarlet Fever
15. Eviction Notice
16. No Trespassing
17. Pa's Gone!
18. End Titles
1. Main Titles
2. Baby's Due
3. In-Laws
4. Family Supper
5. Uranium Ore
6. Hygiene
7. Friends of the Family
8. Put Out
9. The Old House
10. Criminals in Disguise
11. Radioactive
12. Pa & Ma Corp.
13. Taking the Baby
14. Mistaken Identity
15. Breaking the Law
16. Stop That Train
17. Grab the Kid
18. End Titles

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The Adventures of Ma & Pa Kettle, Vol. 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
These movies are terrific. I've been anticipating this release from the moment I found out about it. I watched these time and time again as a kid when they were on TV. They are hilarious 'fish out of water' stories. Anyone who enjoys good clean, classic comedies will enjoy these movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thanks for bringing the past back to life in this great movie , the cast were great and the images were flaws,just a great movie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago