The Egg and I Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

The Egg and I

Based on the humorous autobiographical book by Betty McDonald, The Egg & I casts Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray as Manhattan-dwelling newlyweds. When MacMurray enthusiastically purchases an upstate farm in the hopes of cleaning up in the egg business, Colbert cautiously goes along. The film’s humor is derived from the efforts of these two hopelessly citified slickers to adapt themselves to the rigors of rural life. In a plot complication added to the film, pretty neighbor Louise Allbritton upsets the equilibrium of MacMurray and Colbert’s union, but both husband and wife are happily reunited at the finale (in real life, Betty McDonald and her husband were splitsville before the book even hit the stands). Retained from the novel, though heavily laundered, were the earthy characters of farmers Ma and Pa Kettle and their huge brood of children. Marjorie Main as Ma and Percy Kilbride as Pa struck so responsive a chord with filmgoers that Universal headlined them in their own “Kettle” series of B pictures, which endured until 1956. The Egg & I would be adapted into a live TV comedy serial in 1952, with Pat Kirkland and John Craven in the leading roles. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Release date: Mar 21, 1947
Production Company: Universal Pictures
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Genre: Classics,Comedy,Drama,Romance

The Egg and I Caste and Crew
Director: Chester Erskine
writer: Chester Erskine,Fred F. Finklehoffe
Claudette Colbert,Fred MacMurray,Marjorie Main,Percy Kilbride,Louise Allbritton,Richard Long,Billy House,Ida Moore,Donald MacBride,Samuel S. Hinds,Esther Dale,Elizabeth Risdon,Elisabeth Risdon,John Berkes,Victor Potel,Fuzzy Knight,Isabel O’Madigan,Dorothy Vaughan,Sam McDaniel,Jesse Graves,Herbert Heywood,Joseph E. Bernard,Ralph Littlefield,Jack Baxley,Carl Bennett,Howard Mitchell,George Lloyd,Robert Cherry,Joe Hiser,Joe Recht,Sammy Schultz,Joe Ploski,Hector V. Sarno,Louis Mason,Judith Bryant,Gloria Moore,Gene Persson,Diane Florentine,George McDonald,Colleen Alpaugh,Teddy Infur,Robert Winans,Diane Graeff,Kathleen Mackey,Robert Beyers,Nolan Leary,Beatrice Roberts,Bob Perry,William Bailey,Polly Van Bailey,Vangie Beilby,Earl Bennett,Nella Spraugh,Taylor Holmes