Two lazy screenwriters need a story for the studio's cowboy star. A studio waitress turns out to be pregnant. This gives them the idea for a movie about a cowboy and a baby. The waitress's ... See full summary »
In WWI dancer Jerry Jones stages an all-soldier show on Broadway, called Yip Yip Yaphank. Wounded in the war, he becomes a producer. In WWII his son Johnny Jones, who was before his ... See full summary »
Andy McCaine is the ace crime reporter for a radio station. However, his exposés of corruption in high places gets him in trouble with the sponsor of his show, E.E. Nichols, who is in ... See full summary »
Shiftless playboy Tom Collier lives to jump from party to party--until he meets photographer Christie Sage. Through Christie, Tom takes over the ownership of The Bantam, a liberal magazine ... See full summary »
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 »
Clean-cut Virginia Military Institute cadets Wayne Morris (as Billy Randolph), Eddie Albert (as Bing Edwards), and Ronald Reagan (as Dan Crawford) return from "Brother Rat" (1938) to struggle for work in the post-graduate world. Wife Jane Bryan (as Kate), who provided the titular "Commencement" baby, plus girlfriends Pricilla Lane (as Joyce) and Jane Wyman (as Claire) are also back. The tagline screamed, "They're back with a bang! and a BABY" - but, only a few viewers had even asked.
The film is always trying to sparkle, but never quite does. It's most notable as the movie that accompanied, approximately, the wedding of future U.S. President Reagan and his pretty "first" lady. She was always quiet and dignified about their split; to paraphrase Ms. Wyman, they broke up because she could never learn to stay home and cook him a hamburger.
Isn't that nicely put?
**** Brother Rat and a Baby (1/13/40) Ray Enright ~ Wayne Morris, Eddie Albert, Ronald Reagan, Jane Wyman
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