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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 overview, first billed only:
Helen Cosgrove
Mr. Morgan
Natalie Moorhead ...
Mrs. Morgan
Lucile Gleason ...
Miss Brewster (as Lucille Gleason)
Donald Briggs ...
Emmett Vogan ...
Loia Cheaney ...
Mrs. Jenkins
Leo Gorcey ...
Spike Matz
Ellen Lowe ...
Anna - the Governess
Mary Doyle ...
Paul Everton ...
Judge Henry Harris
Bernice Pilot ...
Mrs. White
Pinkie White (as Stymie Beard)
Meredith White ...
Arabella White


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 <>

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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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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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Nice Job Bonita
19 September 2007 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

A parental neglect social statement that comes dangerously close to the unintentional hilarity of "Reefer Madness". Fortunately it is saved by an extremely strong performance by Bonita Granville in the lead role (Roberta Morgan). While a bit of a reprise of her "These Three" nastiness, Granville's "The Beloved Brat" (1938) title role has considerably more dimensionality and the young actress displays unexpected range.

Granville was generally more cute than sexy, but this film has a pre-code feel to it and emphasizes her sensual side in several scenes. Donald Briggs of the pencil thin mustache plays her father's male secretary and they have a couple curious scenes together. These are certainly more interesting than his mildly romantic scenes with Dolores Costello who plays school principal Helen Morgan.

While the film might be of some interest to those focused on "Blacks in Hollywood", this is an extremely minor element within the film, artificially inserted just to lamely expand the "becoming a better person" theme.

Despite mostly weak supporting performances, Granville manages to sell her character and keeps a very unoriginal story quite involving. Fortunately she is in almost every scene. A must see for her fans.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only an inner child.

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