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Although Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki was produced in 1952, it was not released until 1955, by which time several other "Ma and Pa Kettle" films had been released, and the film's producer, Leonard Goldstein, had died. Goldstein suffered a brain hemorrhage on July 23, 1954. The film marked the last of Universal's "Ma and Pa Kettle" series in which Percy Kilbride starred as "Pa Kettle," and his last film before his death in 1964. The studio went on to produce two more films in the series, The Kettles in the Ozarks in 1956, in which the character of Pa did not appear; and The Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm in 1957, in which Parker Fennelly played Pa.
March 1952 Hollywood Reporter news items add George Stern and Dorothy Newman to the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Although the film was the first in which Byron Palmer acted, because of the delay in its release, he first appeared oncreen in Twentieth-Century Fox's 1953 picture Tonight We Sing (see below). For more information on the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series, please consult the Series Index and see the entry for Ma and Pa Kettle in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50.