Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'

Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (1948) is a musical comedy film produced by Universal Studios, starring Donald O'Connor. Also featured are Marjorie Main and Percy Kilbride, (who later reprised essentially the same roles as Ma and Pa Kettle), with Penny Edwards [3] as the perky love interest.

Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin'
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Produced byLeonard Goldstein
Screenplay byD.D. Beauchamp
Based on"The Wonderful Race at Rimrock"
by D.D. Beauchamp
  • Donald O'Connor
  • Marjorie Main
  • Percy Kilbride
Music byLeith Stevens
CinematographyIrving Glassberg
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 1948 (1948-06) (USA)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$454,000.[1] or $460,000[2]


Donald O'Connor plays Wilbur McMurtry, a traveling salesman who is captured and held hostage by the local authorities in a small town, who wish to compel him to run in the annual foot-race against a rival town. A highlight of the film is his brilliant dance routine, in a barn, to the Al Jolson song, "Me and My Shadow".


In January 1948 Universal announced they would make a film based on the magazine story The Wonderful Race at Rimrock which would be filmed the following month. It reunited Maine and Kilbridge from The Egg and I. Maine was borrowed from MGM.[4][5]

O'Connor has a dance number which involves running up a wall, which later inspired his "Make 'Em Laugh" routine in Singing in the Rain.[6]


  1. Furmanek, Bob; Palumbo, Ron (1991). Abbott and Costello in Hollywood. New York: Perigee Books. ISBN 0-399-51605-0 p 168
  2. "Penny Edwards". IMDb.
  3. Hedda Hopper LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles Times 9 Jan 1948: 12.
  4. U-I WILL PRODUCE WESTERN COMEDY: New York Times 9 Jan 1948: 26.
  5. "Donald O'Connor". Danceview Times. 2003.
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