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The Egg and I (film)

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The Egg and I (film)

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)
Chester Erskine
Fred F. Finklehoffe
Starring Claudette Colbert
Fred MacMurray
Marjorie Main
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by Russell F. Schoengarth
Distributed by Universal-International
Release dates
  • March 21, 1947 (1947-03-21) (Los Angeles, premiere)
  • April 24, 1947 (1947-04-24) (New York City)
  • May 1947 (1947-05) (U.S.)
  • July 3, 1954 (1954-07-03) (re-release)
Running time 108 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,550,000 (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

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 box office success of The Egg and I influenced the production of Universal-International's Ma and Pa Kettle franchise, 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.

At the 20th Academy Awards, Main was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.


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 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.


Production crew

  • 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)


  1. ^ "All Time Domestic Champs", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34

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