Percy Kilbride - Rotten Tomatoes

Percy Kilbride

Highest Rated:   91% The Southerner (1945)
Lowest Rated:   80% Fallen Angel (1945)
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Familiar to million as the twangy, bucolic Pa Kettle, Percy Kilbride first stepped on the stage in the role of an 18th-century French fop in a San Francisco production of Tale of Two Cities. Interrupting his career to serve in World War I, Kilbride spent the postwar years in regional stock companies. He made a few scattered movie appearances in the 1930s, then returned to Hollywood to stay in 1942, when he re-created his Broadway role in the film version of George Washington Slept Here. Kilbride played a variety of rustic parts until 1947, when he created the Pa Kettle role in The Egg and I. From 1949 through 1955, he starred exclusively in Universal's Ma and Pa Kettle series, retiring from the screen after Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki (1955) (Kilbride's co-star Marjorie Main appeared in two more Kettle films opposite Arthur Hunnicutt and Parker Fennelly). In 1964, Percy Kilbride and his actor friend Ralf Belmont were crossing a Los Angeles street near Kilbride's home when a car struck both of them down; Belmont was killed instantly, but Kilbride survived long enough to undergo brain surgery. He died of his injuries after a long hospital stay.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki
  • Pa Kettle
1955
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at Home
  • Pa Kettle
1954
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle on Vacation
  • Pa Kettle
1953
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair
  • Pa Kettle
1952
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Back on the Farm
  • Pa Kettle
1951
No Score Yet Riding High
  • Pop Jones
1950
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle Go to Town
  • Frank 'Pa' Kettle
1950
No Score Yet Mr. Soft Touch
  • Rickle
1949
No Score Yet Ma and Pa Kettle
  • Pa Kettle
1949
No Score Yet Further Adventures of Ma and Pa Kettle
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet The Sun Comes Up
  • Mr. Willie B. Williegoode
1949
No Score Yet You Gotta Stay Happy
  • Mr. Racknell
1948
No Score Yet Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
  • Billy Caswell
1948
No Score Yet You Were Meant for Me
  • Mr. Andrew Mayhew
1948
No Score Yet Black Bart
  • Jersey Brady
1948
No Score Yet Riffraff
  • Pop
1947
No Score Yet Welcome Stranger
  • Nat Dorkas
1947
No Score Yet The Egg and I
  • Frank 'Pa' Kettle
1947
80% Fallen Angel
  • Pop
1945
No Score Yet She Wouldn't Say Yes
  • Judge Whittaker
1945
80% State Fair
  • Miller
1945
91% The Southerner
  • Harmie Jenkins
1945
No Score Yet Guest in the House
  • John the Butler
1944
No Score Yet The Adventures of Mark Twain
  • Billings
1944
No Score Yet Knickerbocker Holiday
  • Schermerhorn the Jailer
1944
No Score Yet The Woman of the Town
  • Rev. Samuel Small
1944
No Score Yet Crazy House
  • Col. Merriweather
1943
No Score Yet Keeper of the Flame
  • Orion Peabody
1942
No Score Yet George Washington Slept Here
  • Mr. Kimber
1942
No Score Yet White Woman
  • Jakey
1933

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