Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)

Director
Charles Lamont

Main cast
Marjorie Main; Percy Kilbride; Richard Long; Meg Randall; Gregg Martell

Genres
Comedy

Description
When Pa wins a jingle-writing contest, he and Ma head for New York City. They they get in trouble with gangsters when they lose some stolen money which they had already agreed to deliver to one of the thugs.


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