Brother Rat (1938)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  29 October 1938 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Johnnie Davis ...
A. Furman Towsend, Jr.
Henry O'Neill ...
Colonel Ramm
Gordon Oliver ...
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Larry Williams ...
William Tracy ...
Misto Bottome (as William Tracey)
Jessie Busley ...
Olin Howland ...
Louise Beavers ...
Isabel Withers ...


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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29 October 1938 (USA)  »

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Cadetes do Barulho  »

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Eddie Albert's film debut. See more »


Spoofed in Brother Brat (1944) See more »


V.M.I. Spirit
Music by Benjamin Bowering
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Fast moving farce gets a lift from Eddie Albert...
12 March 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

EDDIE ALBERT plays a hapless Virginia Military Institute cadet who gets into all kinds of scrapes because of his brash friend, WAYNE MORRIS, an actor Warner Bros. was grooming for stardom. Albert is so professional that he's a pleasure to watch as he goes from one zany situation after another accompanied by Morris and Reagan.

Way down in the cast credits are JANE WYMAN and RONALD REAGAN, still up-and-coming future stars developing a light touch for comedy. PRISCILLA LANE and JANE BRYAN play the other two gals who get entangled in all the farcical situations involving the cadets.

It's typical broad comedy material from a successful stage play with Albert repeating his Broadway stage role and showing what a fine comedian he could be, his genial personality supplying most of the laughs. WAYNE MORRIS is a bit strident as the top-billed lead, but PRISCILLA LANE does a nice job as his wholesome girl friend.

It's strictly fluff, '30s style, and passes the time without being anything you're likely to remember too fondly unless you love this type of screwball comedy directed by William Keighley.

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