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Marjorie Main

Marjorie Main

Birthdate: February 24, 1890

Deathdate: April 10, 1975

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Marjorie Main (February 24, 1890 – April 10, 1975) was an American character actress, mainly at MGM, perhaps best known for her role as Ma Kettle in a series of ten Ma and Pa Kettle movies. Description above from the Wikipedia article Marjorie Main, licensed under CC-BY-SA,full list of contributors on Wikipedia. ...detailed bio


The Kettles in the Ozarks (1956)

With Pa out of the way, Ma and the kids head out to help Pa's brother Sedgewick with the his farm in Mournful Hollow, Arkansas. Things get tighter when a couple of bootleggers rent Sedge's barn to manufacture moonshine. With Ma and the kids, the bootleggers get their pay.

Friendly Persuasion (1956)

Jess Birdwell (Gary Cooper) is a farmer and patriarch of the Birdwell family whose worldliness is forever coming in conflict with his being a Quaker. Jess's wife Eliza (Dorothy McGuire) is a deeply religious woman and is steadfast in her refusal to engage in violence of any sort. Jess's daughter ...

Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955)

The Kettles help out cousin Rodney Kettle in Hawaii with his Pineapple industry. Ma and Pa get acquainted with blue-blooded Mrs. Andrews who thinks the Kettles are the "lowliest" people she has met.This is Percy Kilbride's last appearance as Pa Kettle, and his final movie as well.

The Long, Long Trailer (1954)

Nicky Collini and his fiancée Tacy buy (despite Nicky's extreme reluctance and dire predictions) a large trailer home (a 36-foot 1953 New Moon, which cost $5,345 at the time), so that they can save money that would otherwise be spent on a house. They plan to travel around the USA to civil enginee...

Ma and Pa Kettle at Home (1954)

Ma and Pa head out again to their "old place" after they read their son's contest letter stating that two judges of National Magazine will evaluate the farm for the scholarship contest.

Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation (1953)

Ma and Pa Kettle are invited, by their in-law counterparts, Jonathan and Elizabeth Parker, to a trip to Paris. Leaving the kids with an Indian babysitter, Ma and Pa head out to France on an airplane. Upon arrival, they get caught into a circle with a famous gang, that wants an envelope that is in...

Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair (1952)

Ma and Pa Kettle are trying to raise money to send their daughter Rosie to college. Ma decides to participate in contests at the county fair, and Pa buys Emma, an old tired horse, for the Harness Race. Birdie Hicks tries her best to win all of the contests, but the Kettles are the ones who get th...

The Belle of New York (1952)

Set in turn-of-the-century New York, wealthy playboy Charles Hill (Fred Astaire) is causing difficulties for his guardian, Aunt Lettie (Marjorie Main) and lawyer, Max (Keenan Wynn). Prone to fall in love then ditching his showgirl brides-to-be at the altar, the compensation bills are mounting. Af...

Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm (1951)

Ma and Pa come home after their fun and exciting trip to New York City. Only to find out that they're going to be grandparents. Kim is expecting a child. As Tom worries the whole Kettle house is happy with the family's newest addition. Right in the middle of breakfast the Kettles receive a telegr...

Mr. Imperium (1951)

In Italy in 1939, a European man calling himself Mr. Imperium uses a ruse to meet an attractive American woman, Frederica Brown. He eventually is revealed to be Prince Alexis, an heir to the throne and a widower with a six-year-old son. He nicknames her "Fredda," so she calls him "Al." When his f...

It's a Big Country (1951)

On a train, when a fellow passenger makes a comment about America, a traveling professor asks: "Which America?" Multiple tales of American life then unfold. Mrs. Riordan, an elderly lady from Boston, is upset at not being counted in the 1950 census. She asks a newspaper editor named Callaghan to ...

Summer Stock (1950)

Jane Falbury (Judy Garland) is a farm owner whose actress sister Abigail (Gloria DeHaven) arrives at the family farm with her theater troupe. They need a place to rehearse, and Jane and her housekeeper Esme (Marjorie Main) reluctantly agree to let them use their barn. The actors and actresses, in...

Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town (1950)

After winning the house-of-the-future Ma and Pa are content. Until they receive a notice stating that they have won a contest from the Bubble-Ola Company, and the prize - a free all-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. Meanw...

Ma and Pa Kettle (1949)

Ma and Pa Kettle have lived in a broken-down ramshackle farmhouse for twenty-five years in rural Cape Flattery, Washington. The Kettles' arch-nemesis, Birdie Hicks, organizes a town council meeting to condemn the Kettles' garbage dump farm. Pa Kettle enters a contest to win a house-of-the-future...

The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947)

Chester Wooley (Lou Costello) and Duke Egan (Bud Abbott) are traveling salesmen who make a stopover in Wagon Gap, Montana while en route to California. During the stopover, a notorious criminal, Fred Hawkins, is murdered, and the two are charged with the crime. They are quickly tried, convicted, ...

The Egg and I (1947)

It tells the story of a young married couple who become chicken farmers. Betty has been raised to follow her husband's dreams with him, and Bob's dream is to be a successful chicken farmer. The problem is, their home is old and needs to be repaired and the baby chicks need constant care. When a r...

Undercurrent (1946)

Ann Hamilton (Hepburn) is a middle-aged bride who begins to suspect that her charming husband Alan Garroway (Taylor) plans to murder her. Nor can she ignore the shadow of her brother-in-law Michael Garroway (Robert Mitchum), whom she's never met but has been told so much about.

The Harvey Girls (1946)

A group of "Harvey Girls", new waitresses for Fred Harvey's pioneering chain of Harvey House restaurants, travels on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe (AT&SF) Railway to the western fictional town of Sandrock, apparently somewhere in Arizona. On the trip they meet Susan Bradley (Judy Garland), w...

Murder, He Says (1945)

Peter Marshall (Fred MacMurray), who works for the Trotter Poll ("like the Gallup Poll, but not as fast"), is sent out to find a missing co-worker, Hector Smedley. He goes to see the last family the man was supposed to interview, the nutty, gun-toting Fleagles. The matriarch of the clan, Mamie Fl...

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

The backdrop for Meet Me in St. Louis is St. Louis, Missouri on the brink of the 1904 World's Fair. The Smith family lead a comfortable middle-class life. Mr. Alonzo Smith (Leon Ames) and Mrs. Anna Smith (Mary Astor) have four daughters: Rose (Lucille Bremer), Esther, Agnes, and Tootie; and a son...