The Egg and I (film)
The Egg and I is a 1947 American romantic comedy film directed by Chester Erskine, who co-wrote the screenplay with Fred F. Finklehoffe, based on the book of the same name by Betty MacDonald and starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray, with Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride as Ma and Pa Kettle.
|The Egg and I|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Chester Erskine|
|Produced by||Chester Erskine|
Fred F. Finklehoffe
Leonard Goldstein (associate producer)
|Written by||Betty MacDonald (novel) |
Fred F. Finklehoffe
|Starring||Claudette Colbert |
|Music by||Hughie Prince|
|Cinematography||Milton R. Krasner|
|Edited by||Russell F. Schoengarth|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Box office||$5,750,000 (est. US/ Canada rentals)|
The box office success of The Egg and I influenced the production of Universal-International's Ma and Pa Kettle series, which consists of nine feature films most of which star Main and Kilbride together. On May 5, 1947, Colbert and MacMurray reprised their roles in a radio version of the film that was broadcast on the Lux Radio Theatre.
The film tells the story of a young married couple who become chicken farmers. Betty follows her husband Bob to the countryside where his 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 rich single woman with a new house and new farm equipment flirts with Bob, Betty questions their decision to move to the farm in the first place. In the end, she finds out that Bob was trying to buy the new house for Betty as a surprise.
- Claudette Colbert as Betty MacDonald
- Fred MacMurray as Bob MacDonald
- Marjorie Main as Ma Kettle
- Louise Allbritton as Harriet Putnam
- Percy Kilbride as Pa Kettle
- Richard Long as Tom Kettle
- Billy House as Billy Reed
- Ida Moore as Emily (the old lady)
- Donald MacBride as Mr. Henty
- Samuel S. Hinds as Sheriff
- Esther Dale as Birdie Hicks
- Elisabeth Risdon as Betty's Mother
- John Berkes as Geoduck
- Victor Potel as Crowbar
- Fuzzy Knight as Cab Driver
- Isabel O'Madigan as Mrs. Hicks' Mother
- Dorothy Vaughan as Maid
- Banjo the Dog as Sport
- Uncredited players include William Bailey, Hank Bell, William Desmond, Teddy Infuhr, George Lloyd, Sam McDaniel, Howard M. Mitchell, Eugene Persson, Beatrice Roberts, Hector Sarno and Dorothy Vernon
- Production Design .... Bernard Herzbrun
- Set Decoration .... Oliver Emert / Russell A. Gausman
- Hair Stylist .... Carmen Dirigo
- Makeup Artist .... Jack P. Pierce
- Assistant Director .... Frank Shaw
- Second Unit Director .... Jack Hively (uncredited)
- Sound Technician .... Glenn E. Anderson
- Sound .... Charles Felstead
- Orchestrator .... David Tamkin
- Composer: Stock Music .... Sam Perry (uncredited)
The film was a big hit earning $6 million at the box office.
The Egg and I was presented on Hallmark Playhouse January 5, 1950, with Colbert starring in her movie role. She also starred when The Egg and I was presented on This Is Hollywood on January 4, 1947. The adaptation was unusual in that it preceded the film's release.
- BUSIEST FILM PRODUCER IN HOLLYWOOD: Four on the Way Success Key What Corn Belt? Yard Boy By GLADWIN HILL. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 10 Dec 1950: X10.
- "All Time Domestic Champs", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34
- "Top Grossers of 1947", Variety, 7 January 1948 p 63
- "Those Were The Days". Nostalgia Digest. 39 (2): 32–39. Spring 2013.
- "Radio "Scoop"". Harrisburg Telegraph. December 28, 1946. p. 17. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.