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Brother Rat (1938)

Approved | | Comedy | 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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Olin Howland ...
Slim
Louise Beavers ...
Jenny
Isabel Withers ...
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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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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 28, 1945 with Wayne Morris and Ronald Reagan reprising their film roles. See more »

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Spoofed in Little Brother Rat (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

We're Working Our Way Through College
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung a cappella by Wayne Morris
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VMI grad was right

These Warner Brothers players are always fun to watch. Anyone who hasn't seen this sort-of-classic movie really should watch it.

In Ronald Reagan's first autobiography -- "Where's the Rest of Me?" -- he tells the story of a staff meeting or perhaps dinner gathering during World War II.

Lt. Reagan says to the commander, We've got something in common, sir: You attended Virginia Military Institute and I was in a movie about the school.

The commander, possibly a colonel, maybe a general, replied to the effect, That was one of the silliest damn things I ever saw.

It was. Pretty darn silly.

But fun in spots, and, as Reagan said, Eddie Albert was "discovered" and became a major star, although that doesn't explain "Green Acres."

All in all, with this collection of major stars -- although with some, stardom came later -- any movie fan, and especially any film historian, really ought to see this. At least once.


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