When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall—through chaos and catastrophe—this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.
A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier.
Newlywed city slickers decide to give country life a try as chicken farmers.
Release Date: March 21, 1947 (Los Angeles)
April 24, 1947 (New York City)
May 1947 (U.S.)
Release Time: 108 minutes
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
Marjorie Main - Best Actress in Supporting Role - Nominated
A longtime resident of Washington State, Betty MacDonald (1908-1958) authored four humorous, autobiographical bestsellers and several children's books, including the popular Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books.