On the verge of being evicted from their run-down farmhouse, the large Kettle family is given a new, modern home after Pa wins a contest, but he is accused of plagiarizing his winning slogan by a jealous local woman.
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The Kettles and their fifteen children are about to be evicted from their rundown rustic home when Pa wins the grand prize by coming up with a new tobacco slogan. Birdie Hicks is jealous of the family's new wealth, which includes a completely automated modern home, and accuses Pa of stealing the slogan. Reporter Kim Parker proves Birdie wrong and marries Tom Kettle.Written by
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As the Kettles are shown the features of their new home the newsreel footage on TV is that of the first flight of the Hughes H-4 Hercules AKA "Spruce Goose". The H-4 first and only flight was on 2 November 1947, just 17 months prior to the release of this movie. See more »
When the Mayor and Sam try to visit the Kettle home, Ma shoots the hat off of the mayor with a shotgun from 20 yards away. The spray of buckshot from that distance would cover 20 square feet, and severely injure both men. See more »
Mildly amusing as the Kettles move into a new dwelling...
As the years go by, we become used to the sort of broad humor in comedies today, especially those half-hour sitcoms on TV. Back in '49 it may have seemed riotously funny to watch a hillbilly family move from a shack to a state of the art mansion, but the humor here is all based on the assumption that you'll fall down laughing at the antics of MARJORIE MAIN and PERCY KILBRIDE as The Kettles.
Not so. It's a tepid script that barely contains any real pratfalls--just a matter of the push button technology being a bit over the heads of the Kettle clan with some amusing gaffes to spring a few chuckles.
The push-button home entertainment features look pretty modern for 1949 at a time when most B&W TV sets were considered "big" if the screen was 16". The set shown here is bigger than the 32" screens today.
RICHARD LONG is the son home from college and MEG RANDALL is the sweet love interest, but neither one is able to bring any dimension to their supporting roles.
Watchable for fans of the series, but today nothing in it seems very original.
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