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The Egg and I (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | May 1947 (USA)
On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new rural lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.

Director:

Chester Erskine

Writers:

Betty MacDonald (novel), Chester Erskine (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Claudette Colbert ... Betty MacDonald
Fred MacMurray ... Bob MacDonald
Marjorie Main ... Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle
Louise Allbritton ... Harriet Putnam
Percy Kilbride ... Frank 'Pa' Kettle
Richard Long ... Tom Kettle
Billy House ... Billy Reed
Ida Moore ... Old Lady
Donald MacBride ... Mr. Henty
Samuel S. Hinds ... Sheriff
Esther Dale ... Birdie Hicks
Elisabeth Risdon ... Betty's Mother
John Berkes ... Geoduck
Victor Potel ... Crowbar (as Vic Potel)
Fuzzy Knight ... Cab Driver
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Storyline

On their wedding night Bob informs his new bride Betty that he has bought a chicken farm. An abandoned chicken farm, to be exact, which is obvious when the two move in. Betty endures Bob's enthusiasm for the rural life, rustic inconveniences, and battling nature, but her patience is severely tested when glamorous neighbor Harriet Putnam seems to set her sights on Bob. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El huevo y yo See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was the #8 box office hit of 1947 with about $6M. See more »

Goofs

Cleopatra the pig has a string attached to its hind leg, probably pulled by its handler off screen. See more »

Quotes

Phoebe 'Ma' Kettle: Last money I saved up, Pa put it in a couple of minks he was goin' to breed to make us a fortune. They up and died before they got around to breedin'.
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Referenced in Batman: The Ogg and I (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

City Across the River
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Music by Larry Russell
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"The Egg & I " is a riot.
12 March 2006 | by wlandolfi-1See all my reviews

This movie was based on a book of the same title. The woman who wrote the book, Betty MacDonald, wrote it with her experiences as a young wife living on a chicken farm in the Pacific Northwest. It is worth noting that in the film, Claudette Colbert's character's name is Betty and Fred MacMurray's character's name is Bob (her husband's name). As for the film, we are not told exactly where the characters are supposed to be living although it is safe to say they are far away in the country. What we do know is that Fred MacMurray plays a recent war veteran who tells Claudette Colbert, his wife, that he has just purchased a chicken farm and that he intends for them to live out there so they can raise chickens. This is the beginning of what is a riot because they are both city people trying to get used to life on the farm. Bob (Fred MacMurray's character) is overly enthusiastic about the whole move but one can tell right away that much as Betty (Claudette Colbert's character) tries to be supportive, she is not as taken by it. First of all, the farm house is decrepit, they have to deal with the Kettle clan (especially Pa Kettle who is always asking for things but never returning favors) as well as a seductive woman who has a mechanical farm next door and has eyes for Bob.

The movie is a riot as we see the couple dealing with everything I have mentioned. I have watched the movie a number of times and even have the video tape of it. I sometimes try to imagine what it would be like if someone said to me one day, "You're moving on a farm tomorrow. Now go to work!" Well, I guess it would probably not be much different from this film!


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