WriterMartin Ragaway, Leonard Stern Release dateApril 1, 1950 (1950-04-01) CastMarjorie Main (Ma Kettle), Percy Kilbride (Pa Kettle), Richard Long (Tom Kettle), Meg Randall (Kim Parker Kettle), Gregg Martell (Louie), Charles McGraw (Shotgun Mike Munger) Ma and Pa Kettle Series moviesMa and Pa Kettle Go to Town and Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm are part of the same movie series, Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town and Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair are part of the same movie series, Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town and Ma and Pa Kettle at Home are part of the same movie series, Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town and Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki are part of the same movie series, Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town and Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation are part of the same movie series
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Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town is a 1950 American comedy film directed by Charles Lamont. It is the second installment of Universal Pictures Ma and Pa Kettle franchise starring Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride.
At the conclusion of Ma and Pa Kettle, Pa receives a telegram stating that he has won another jingle-writing contest, this one from the Bubble-Ola Company. The prize is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City. Ma tells Pa that they can't go because they have no one to look out for the kids. Meanwhile, fleeing bank robber Shotgun Munger has a flat tire and crashes into the old Kettle Farm. Pa comes along and after Munger convinces Pa that he is an eccentric poet "Mr. Jones", he agrees to stay and watch over the kids for the Kettles (he is trying to hide from the police) if they will deliver a bag to his "brother" Louie in New York.
Ma and Pa Kettle go to New York City, where their son Tom and daughter-in-law Kim live while Tom is trying to finance his chicken incubator (from the first movie). The bag Pa agreed to bring to New York, containing $100,000 from the bank robbery, was not with their luggage when they checked into the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. He buys several new bags to give to Louie, but each time the empty new bag is stolen by one of Louie's confederates, who believe Pa is also a crook trying to keep part of the cash. Finally Pa agrees to meet Louie by the monkey cage at the Central Park Zoo with yet another bag.
Pa is mistaken by the police for a maniac poisoning monkeys at the zoo and arrested. Tom convinces the police of Pa's innocence and helps them unravel the mystery of the bags and the identity of "Mr. Jones". The missing bag is found in the luggage of a rich investor who invites the Kettles to his home for a party, where the police are able to round up the entire gang with the bag of money as evidence. The investor makes a deal with Tom to finance his invention. The Kettles return home to discover that the harried "Jones" has been overwhelmed by the 14 wild Kettle children and hogtied in a game of "cops and robbers," then turned over to police rushing to the house to "protect" them.
Marjorie Main as Ma Kettle
Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle
Richard Long as Tom Kettle
Meg Randall as Kim Parker Kettle
Charles McGraw as Shotgun Mike Munger
Jim Backus as Joseph 'Little Joe' Rogers
Elliott Lewis as Detective Sam Boxer
Bert Freed as Dutch, Third New York Henchman
Hal March as Det. Mike Eskow
Uncredited players in minor roles include Leon Belasco, Stanley Blystone, Bess Flowers, Maurice Gosfield, Teddy Infuhr, Sherry Jackson, Larry Keating, Douglas Kennedy, Rex Lease, Peter Leeds, John Marley, William Newell, Eugene Persson, J.P. Sloane (Billy Kettle) (Bill Olan Soule, Willard Waterman, James Westerfield and Chief Yowlachie
The film was originally called Ma and Pa Kettle Go to New York. Filming started 8 August 1949 in New York.