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The Beloved Brat (1938)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  30 April 1938 (USA)
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Drama about a problem child and her problem parents.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roberta
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Helen Cosgrove
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Mr. Morgan
Natalie Moorhead ...
Mrs. Morgan
Lucile Gleason ...
Miss Brewster (as Lucille Gleason)
Donald Briggs ...
Williams
Emmett Vogan ...
Jenkins
Loia Cheaney ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Leo Gorcey ...
Spike Matz
Ellen Lowe ...
Anna - the Governess
Mary Doyle ...
Paul Everton ...
Judge Henry Harris
Bernice Pilot ...
Mrs. White
Matthew 'Stymie' Beard ...
Pinkie White (as Stymie Beard)
Meredith White ...
Arabella White
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Roberta Morgan is being raised in a wealthy-home where her mother is occupied with her society-club activities and her father is immersed in his business activities. She also feels that the hired help and her governess are against her, and, in her mind, only her father's confidential secretary-assistant seems to understand her needs and problems. Her incorrigibility leads to her being placed in a boarding school for problem girls. There, the secretary and the head of the school work a plan to win her over by giving her responsibilities for helping the younger girls in the school. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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BRAT - SHE'S A DEVIL WHOSE NECK YOU WANT TO WRING! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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30 April 1938 (USA)  »

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Too Much of Everything  »

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In two consecutive scenes between Donald Briggs and Helene Costello, one interior and then exterior, first the shadow of the mike and then the mike and boom can be seen. See more »

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An early sociological view of the juvenile delinquent
10 October 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

In the title role, Bonita Granville appears about as lovable as she'd been two years earlier in "These Three." A brat: Yes. Beloved? Not really. Not by the audience and not by her family.

She gets into mischief of an increasingly serious nature. Her self-involved wealthy parents are given the option of sending her to a school that seems to be a step above reform school.

The luminous Dolores Costello is employed there. Oh, who can forget her heartbreaking performance a few years later in "The Magnificent Ambersons"? She's very good here too.

All the acting is at least decent and often more than that.

From the beginning we see that Granville's character is the monster she is because no one -- not even her parents' servants -- likes or pays real attention to her. It's far from a great movie but it's also better than one would expect.


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