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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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Helen Cosgrove
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Mr. Morgan
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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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BELOVED - SHE'S A DARLING YOU WANT TO HUG TO YOUR HEART! (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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Formerly Unbeloved...
24 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bonita Granville, prior too 1938 plied her trade primarily at RKO with stints at other studios, like Paramount. For the most part her roles were of a obnoxious BRAT and not a very sympathetic character. Sometimes mildly irritating, like in CALVACADE (1933) FOX, often a real pain in the ass as in THESE THREE (1936) RKO or MAID OF SALEM (1937) PARAMOUNT. In late 1937 she was contracted by Warner Brothers (WB) and her career took a decisive turn.

THE BELOVED BRAT (1938) WB, clearly showed this change of pace. Bonita played a young Girl who is ignored by her business obsessed Father and a Mother more interested in 'bridge clubs' and local social exercises then her parental obligations. The first is somewhat excusable, the latter not at all. Though fifth-teen (15) at the time Bonita plays her character younger then her years, but gets it across very well. Her tribulations take her from confused and defiant adolescent to responsible young person. Ending with love and understanding for all.

Ms. Granville is supported by a competent script and cast. It was refreshing to see Black-Americans portrayed as Friends and not simple minded lackey's. At the WB and other studios they were often portrayed in a stereotypical way, particularly in the films of Bette Davis. She also has the advantage of Donald Crisp (was he ever young?) as her Father. I have never seen Mr. Crisp phone in a role, he is a professional every time. Silent Star, Doleros Costello, the former Mrs. John Barrymore (Drew's Grand-Mother) also delivers the goods. Still a delicate beauty and showing a effortless acting style.

Ms. Granville would work at the WB till the early 1940s' then moving on to MGM with occasional loan-outs. In all of her films she would bring her competent abilities and mature into a attractive actress. She knew when the 'gig' was up, married well (multi-million$ & oil) and became a Producer of LASSIE (T.V.)! This Women really had her head screwed on straight, dieing rather young at Sixty-Five (65).


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