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Brother Rat (1938)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Drama | 29 October 1938 (USA)
Story of three buddies at the Virginia Military Institute. Cadet Bing Edwards is secretly married and soon to be a father.

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William Keighley

Writers:

Richard Macaulay (screen play), Jerry Wald (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Lane ... Joyce Winfree
Wayne Morris ... Billy Randolph
Johnnie Davis ... A. Furman Towsend, Jr.
Jane Bryan ... Kate Rice
Eddie Albert ... 'Bing' Edwards
Ronald Reagan ... Dan Crawford
Jane Wyman ... Claire Adams
Henry O'Neill ... Colonel Ramm
Gordon Oliver ... Capt 'Lacedrawers' Rogers
Larry Williams ... Harley Harrington
William Tracy ... Misto Bottome (as William Tracey)
Jessie Busley ... Mrs. Brooks
Olin Howland ... Slim
Louise Beavers ... Jenny
Isabel Withers Isabel Withers ... Nurse
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Story of three buddies at the Virginia Military Institute. Cadet Bing Edwards is secretly married and soon to be a father.

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Action | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cadetes do Barulho See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Four years after this film Eddie Albert would join the U.S. Navy. He would achieve the rank of Lieutenant in the Naval reserves. At Tarawa he would go on to save nearly 50 marines and help with the rescue of 30 others, all while under fire. He received the Bronze Star for his actions. See more »

Connections

Followed by Brother Rat and a Baby (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
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Rats Forever
26 August 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Brother Rat, a successful Broadway play about the misadventures of some cadets at Virginia Military Institute, had a two year run on Broadway of 577 performances. In bringing it to Hollywood, I only wish the brothers Warner had gotten George Abbott to come over from Broadway as well as Eddie Albert from the original cast. I think the film would have been far the better for it.

As it is it's not a bad comedy at that. Wayne Morris who Warner Brothers was trying to build up at the time plays the lead, taking over from Frank Albertson on Broadway. But I did a double take when I saw that Ronald Reagan had taken over from Jose Ferrer on Broadway, ten years before Ferrer made his screen debut. Imagine Reagan and Ferrer playing the same role, I never would have dreamed it.

Reagan isn't bad though as the voice of reason of the three cadets, having to contend with Morris's schemes and Albert's lovesickness. In fact they all aren't bad.

On the distaff side Priscilla Lane does well as the object of Morris's affection and this was the film that introduced Ronald Reagan to the woman who could have become First Lady, Jane Wyman.

William Tracy also came over from Broadway playing the ever flustered plebe who is at the beck and call of the three upper classmen. Tracy took over the part on Broadway from Ezra Stone who went on to play Henry Aldrich on radio and film. Tracy steals every scene he's in.

Brother Rat is a funny film, but something tells me that the George Abbott stage production was a whole lot better.


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