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Brother Rat and a Baby (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 January 1940 (USA)
Three comrades graduate from Viriginia Military Institute. Bing has a chance to return to VMI as a football coach.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter B. Good ...
Arthur Treacher ...
Major Terry
Jessie Busley ...
Larry Williams ...
Mr. Harper
Mrs. Harper
Sterling Randolph
Girl in Bus


Three comrades graduate from Viriginia Military Institute. Bing has a chance to return to VMI as a football coach.

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They're back with a bang! ...and a BABY.




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Release Date:

13 January 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Baby Be Good  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Three cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Henry O'Neill (Colonel Ramm), Harlan Briggs (Pierce) and Ed Parker (Fireman). See more »


Follows Brother Rat (1938) See more »


Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played when Billy announces his wedding plans
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Even sillier than the first one

Someone, or maybe several someones, didn't pay enough attention to this sequel.

For one thing, the Jane Wyman character, for some reason never explained, or probably for no reason, has a different name. In the original, she was first called "Claire Adams" so potential dates wouldn't realize she was the daughter of the school commandant, Colonel Ramm.

In this sequel, she is named "Claire Terry" and her father is Major Terry.

While inexplicable, I guess the best approach is simply to suspend one's disbelief and enjoy the pleasant entertainment.

The story really isn't much, but the performers are among the most charming in Hollywood history.

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