Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Eric Yeager
Polly Sickles
Thaddeus J. Banner
Len Sickles
Elsie Holmes ...
Myra Banner
P. Duncan Munk
Willard Waterman ...
Orlando Dill
Henry Slate ...
Dud Logan
Ogelthorpe 'Oggie' Meadows (as James W. Griffith)
Jim Hayward ...
Donald MacBride ...
Hal K. Dawson ...
Mr. Fisher
Rhubarb (as Rhubarb)


Rich, eccentric T.J. Banner adopts a feral cat who becomes an affectionate pet. Then T.J. dies, leaving to Rhubarb most of his money and a pro baseball team, the Brooklyn Loons. When the team protests, publicist Eric Yeager convinces them Rhubarb is good luck. But Eric's fiancée Polly seems to be allergic to cats, and the team's success may mean new hazards for Rhubarb. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Rhubarb Can't Say a Word - But ... He'll Make You Howl! See more »


Comedy | Family | Sport


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Release Date:

8 February 1952 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Aj, som katten  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the theatrical opening of this film, kids were handed (for free) an "autographed" picture of Rhubarb. The signature on the photo was a paw print. See more »


At the end of the opening sequence, when Rhubarb is pursuing the fleeing dog past a shop, the film is clearly reversed - the word "Furniture" over the shop front is mirrored, as is the wording on the mailbox. See more »


Eric Yeager: [to Rhubarb] Now listen ya lug, you're in the chips now, the blue chips. So stop acting like a goon squad. This is an okay dame. She doesn't want a nickel of your dough.
[to Polly]
Eric Yeager: stroke him very gently on his head.
Polly Sickles: Why, he doesn't even hiss.
Eric Yeager: You're now a member of the club.
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Crazy Credits

The opening cast list ends: "and introducing the newest addition to Hollywood's great galaxy of stars -- that dynamic, exciting, scintillating personality RHUBARB (by special arrangement with the S.P.C.A.) ...A.H.A. Y.M.C.A. U.C.L.A. B.P.O.E. R.F.C.)" See more »


Referenced in The Comedy of Terrors (1963) See more »


Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by cast
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Great nostalgic film!
18 June 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Todays young audiences probably won't find much to keep their attention, but none-the-less, it's a gem by any standards. A simple, yet charming tail (and everyone else here has pretty much summed up the plot) that I enjoyed through the early and mid 80's on television. I haven't seen it in probably well over 10... probably 15 years, but I've never forgotten it, and I would love to see again. It's story is so basic and timeless, that I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't jumped on the re-make bandwagon with this one. But probably just as well. The performances were priceless, and I'd hate to see anything in the story altered or changed in any way. If you've never seen it, take the time to do so. It'll be worth it!

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